2003, Active Direcotry and Server Function Compatibility
Posted on 2004-08-04
Currently NT4 is our PDC and runs Exchange 5.5. Our BDC is NT4 and hosts our website. I am needing to get a PDC going in 2003 server but I am also needing to get a 2003 term server going.
I know to shut down the BDC during this time just in case things don't go well. I also have heard not to have the new Exch 2003 server running as PDC/Active Direcotry 2003 server because of problems if mail dies. Are other servers (web, applications, file/print) good to have with AD service installed? Otherwise, what's the point of AD running alone?
I'm just reverifying my plan before all goes to heck. Under 100 user.
New 2003 term server hardware/software. AD good or not good?
New2003 email server hardware/software. AD not good??
Existing 2000 file/print server to be upgraded to 2003. (Still contemplating upgrade vs migration.) AD ok
Existing 2000 app server to be upgraded to 2003. (Still contemplating upgrade vs migration.) AD ok?
Existing NT4 BDC/web server plan for 2003 wipe and install with web, ftp, AD services.
2 NT4 Citrix servers (about 80 users total) will move to new 2003 server.
I plan to use one of those to get 2003 domain started but need to get 2003 Term Server going first.
At the moment, I plan to have a 2003 term server join as a member of existing NT4 domain. Then get the 2003 PDC going on an older Citrix server. And initiate mail transfer from NT4/Exc 5.5.
Sound right? Any thoughts are appreciated!