We have a windows 2003 server with around 2000+ local accounts on it. Most of these accounts are used simply to authenticate a user accessing a web application on the server (basic authentication in IIS). They do not use desktop logins.
We are now moving to a new server that runs windows server 2008, and are facing the issue of how to migrate the local account username/password combinations to the new server.
Is this possible with built-in tools?
Could i convert the existing local accounts into active directory accounts, then join the 2008 server into the active directory and sync the accounts that way?
I have seen a product called winzero password copy and winzero server migration tool. Are these reliable tools for the job? http://www.winzero.ca/
Any other advice on how to approach this welcomed.
We went with the Winzero Server Migrator software and it successfully migrated 2000+ local accounts on a 32 bit windows 2003 server to a 64bit windows 2008 server, passwords intact.