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Adding 2003 to a 2000 network

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Hi all, I have a Dell 2650 server with windows server 2003.  Our network infrastructure is 2000.  My plan is to put the 2003 server on the network and make it a DC.  Would that be a problem to the 2000 network when it is a Domain Controller?  The initial intent is to take away the DC role from a server that is also our Exchange server running 2000.  So to recap, can I add the 2003 server to the network of 2000 servers and make it a DC.  What would be, if any, the problems that I will encounter?

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Hi ynb2628,

You will need to prepare your forest before simply installing a DC. Forest preparation involves extending and modifying the SCHEMA to support the additional features offered by 2003.

The full process is held in the readme files on the W2k3 cd and in the \DOCS folder.

However the very minimum required is to pre your forest with these commands:

On the schema master, at the command prompt, type "adprep /forestprep"
On the infrastructure master, at the command prompt, type "adprep /domainprep"

After you complete this procedure, you can leave your DCs running W2k or you can begin the upgrade immediately. There is no issue of co-existence and everything will work as before.

Taken from:
https://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Windows_Server_2003/Q_20938284.html

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Thanks for the info, However my last question to you would be an Exchange 2000 one.  Seeing as though we are running Exchange 2000 in a full 2000 domain.  Would it be best to deal with this first rather than the DC?  Do I nee t upgrade the OS on the mail server to 2003 first?  The mail server is a DC, I can demote it from the DC role.  What would be the best way to deal with the Exchange server?

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