This article provides updates about the status of the free Active Directory migration tools and documentation. The tools are Active Directory Migration Tool version 3.2 (ADMT v3.2) and Password Export Server version 3.1 (PES v3.1).
This article also describes the known problems and limitations of the tool set.
How to get these tools
The following tools are available from the Microsoft Download Center.
Active Directory Migration Tool version 3.2 (ADMT v3.2)
Provides an integrated toolset to facilitate migration and restructuring of tasks in an Active Directory Domain Services infrastructure.
Password Export Server version 3.1 (PES v3.1)
Enables password migration during account migration in an Active Directory Domain Services infrastructure.
Provides guidance for migration of domains by using the Active Directory Migration Tool.
ADMT has not been updated for Windows 8.1 and 10 workstation migration. Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2 have not been tested with modern applications and profile migrations. Your experience may vary, depending on many factors, including the Windows version that you are migrating. Use at your own risk.
An alternative to the ADMT tools suite is also available from Microsoft Services—Active Directory Migration Services (ADMS), which runs in the Azure Cloud. For entry-level information, see:
Known issues and limitations
Installing PES on Windows Server 2012 and newer
Old ADMT guides don't mention the need to run the pedmig.msi file from an elevated command prompt. The ADMT guide that is dated February 26, 2018, that's available from the Microsoft Download Center mentions this requirement.
SQL Server versions
There is no version check for SQL Server versions with ADMT. The last tests were run in 2013. So, computers that are running SQL Server 2014 and later versions were not tested. Please perform your own testing of ADMT in a test environment before the tool is used for production migration.
Group Managed Service Accounts
As of February 27, 2018, the ADMT Guide describes how to handle Managed Service Accounts as implemented in Windows Server 2008 R2. There was no testing done for Group Managed Service Accounts (GMSA). So, given the special handling of these accounts in several places, you should:
- Not try to migrate GMSA across forest boundaries.
- Use caution when you try to move GMSA within a forest.
Client operating systems
Although the latest tool set was released after Windows 8.0 entered the market, there was no testing for Windows 8.x and 10.x computer account migration and in particular full migration of user profiles.
We found several migrations problems related to correct transition of user profiles, in particular with modern applications registrations and profile permissions.
Repeat migrations for password updates
Some customers are running repeat migrations of accounts to transfer a new password from a source account to a new account in another forest. ADMT is not designed for this approach. It tracks each migration job in its database. So over time, the ADMT database size increases. It might at some point experience the following:
- Exceed the licensed size of the database (for SQL Express Deployments).
- Exceed the available disk space on the computers that are running SQL Server.
- Running migration jobs slows, as the tool scans the migration history when you run a new job.
Note: If you intend to use ADMT in this manner for several weeks or months with a frequent synchronization schedule, we recommend a solution based on a synchronization solution such as Microsoft Identity Manager.