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Promoting 2003 server to an additional DC in a 2000 Domain

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We have an existing 2000 domain with two 2000 server DCs.  We have a new server with 2003 Standard on it, and we would like to promote it to a DC.  We also plan to have it participate in DFS with the other two W2K DCs.  We have read a lot about the prepartations necessary in order to do this, ie, adprep /forestprep & adprep /domainprep.  We've also read about what needs to be done about Exchange 2000 (which is running on the PDC) before adprep is run.

The purpose of this post is to ask if there are any 'gotchas' or other such undocumented issues, or things any of you have run into while trying to prep the forest and domain, or promoting a 2003 server to a DC.  Thanks in advance for your responses!
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deep thoughts by jack handy:
ensure you have the latest service packs on the 2k machines before running the adprep commands.
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;303077
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;331161
and
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;325379

before adding any dc to the domain it is a good idea to know exactly where your fsmo and gc are.
Ensure they are fully functional and no problems.
And back up your AD before hand also.. just in case of course
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David WilliamsonIT Director

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Both DCs have SP4 installed, so we should be fine there, right? The setup is very simple, one single domain, two DCs, about 100 users...

About Exchange 2000 and the ldap problem, we have SP3 installed, and according to one of the links above, we don't have to do anything in that case.  Does that sound right?

"Specifically, mangled LdapDisplayName attributes do not occur in the following scenarios:
You add Windows 2000 InetOrgPerson Kit to a Windows 2000 forest before you run the Windows Server 2003 adprep command.
You run the Windows Server 2003 adprep command in a Windows 2000 forest before you install Exchange 2000.
You add Exchange 2000 to an existing Windows Server 2003 forest.
You install Exchange 2000 SP3 on the Exchange 2000 servers before running adprep."<<<This one applies to us>>>

Sound right?

David WilliamsonIT Director

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Aftering running DCDIAG.EXE /e /test:frssysvol, I get this result:

Doing initial non skippeable tests

   Testing server: Default-First-Site-Name\SERVER2
      Starting test: Connectivity
         ......................... SERVER2 passed test Connectivity

   Testing server: Default-First-Site-Name\SERVER3
      Starting test: Connectivity
         ......................... SERVER3 passed test Connectivity

Doing primary tests

   Testing server: Default-First-Site-Name\SERVER2
      Starting test: frssysvol
         Error: No record of File Replication System, SYSVOL started.
         The Active Directory may be prevented from starting.
         ......................... SERVER2 passed test frssysvol

   Testing server: Default-First-Site-Name\SERVER3
      Starting test: frssysvol
         Error: No record of File Replication System, SYSVOL started.
         The Active Directory may be prevented from starting.
         ......................... SERVER3 passed test frssysvol

   Running enterprise tests on : wse.com

What does this mean?  Even though there were errors, both DCs still passed?
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David WilliamsonIT Director

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Thanks!  I have read one of your extensive posts on the subject, netman66.  I have promoted the 2003 machine, and everything seems to have taken.  Now, I am trying to get DFS to work, but not having much luck...if you are as much a guru with that as you are with this thread, I would be happy to start another if you'd be willing to give it a look...
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and yes, we are trying replicate more than just sysvol.  We have a bunch of stuff on a DFS root.  I have created a DFS Replica on the 2003 DC, but I keep getting EventID 13508.  I've looked up all kinds of stuff, but nothing seems to have helped thus far.
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Post the entire Event in a new Q - since this is another issue altogether -  and we'll punish the sucker!

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Here is the new Q

https://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Windows_Server_2003/Q_20931263.html

and thanks!  Just let me know what details you need, they're all yours!
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