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Adding a Windows 2003 Child.Domain to a Windows 2000 Forest.Domain

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Any good sites or suggestions appreciated for this task.  Being unable to upgrade my 2000 server DC to 2003 what precautions should I take when adding a 2003 child.domain server to a 2000 DC Forest.
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by:rhandels
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Hi,

This is a good site.
http://www.winnetmag.com/Article/ArticleID/38998/38998.html

But basically, just do a dcpromo on the server, and choose add a new domain to an existing tree or forest, you can then choose what name the new domain should be..
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by:jrskeen
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I will give it a shot! Thanks
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by:jrskeen
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The Operation Failed because The version of Active Directory Schema of the Source Forestis not compatible with the version of Active Directory on the server I want to set up a Child.Domain.

The error suggests I run adprep for forest and domain....so I will give it a shot.
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by:rhandels
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Hi,

Sorry, didn't read that part of the question. If hyou have a 2000 domain and you install a 2003 server, you indeed need to run the adprep /domainprep and /forestprep (first forestprep of course)...
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by:jrskeen
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OK so I can't run adprep/forestprep or domainprep on the 2003 server because its not a DC, so I should run adprep on the 2000 DC?  Confusing stuff!  Any ideas?
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by:rhandels
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Hi,

Yes, you should need to run it on the 2000 machine, because the 2000 domain should be prepared for a 2003 server, not the other way around... It sounds confuising, but actually is very logical... Do this using the 2003 CD...
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by:jrskeen
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Dumb Question:
Doing this in a production environment, will this halt services of any kind or have a potential to ruin the DC. It is WIndows OS ya know =)
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rhandels earned 500 total points
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Hi,

I would make sure to have a good back-up and do this after work if noone is working at the server (if this is an option) because of the good argument you gave (It is Microsoft). But i never heard of any interrupt within the server (it will get slower, performance problems maybe) or "destruction" of the DC
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Thanks for the tips and assistance!  The schema upgrade worked perfect.  

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