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Promoting a Windows 2003 as the second Domain Controler - What about DNS

Hi, I have one Windows 2000 server that is domain controller with Active Directory and DNS. I would like to add another domain controler (Windows 2003) to the network to keep active directory in two places. When I promote the Windows 2003 server to domain controller, it will ask me to setup new DNS. should I acepted the defaults and let it add a second DNS or should I point to the first one?

Thank You for any help,
Vince
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TannerManCommented:
Your question came up once before. here is the link to find your steps for upgrading to windows 2003 AD from your current 2000 AD.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Windows_Server_2003/Q_21161381.html
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VKugelAuthor Commented:
Thank you but...
I do not want to move anything I simply want to have a backup server for active directory. What about DNS?
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virtuoso1Commented:
can you just run dcpromo and set it as a backup domain controller?  The replication should allow them to sync up with the same dns database.
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TannerManCommented:
I understand the differences, but you need to know that simply promoting a 2003 DC on a 2000 AD network has more behind the sceens work than just promo. The actual AD is being upgraded to 2003 AD.

Although this should not pose you any problems, I was wanting to refer you to other similar references.

Your current DNS should work perfectly. I would not install it on the 2003 box.
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VKugelAuthor Commented:
Thank You
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kain21Commented:
just make sure you prep the domain prior to adding the 2003 domain controller...
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VKugelAuthor Commented:
Do I run the prep program on my existing Win2K Domain controler?
Thanks,
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kain21Commented:
yes
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kain21Commented:
you need to perform all the steps required to prep a domain controller for upgrade to 2003... then join the 2003 domain controller to the domain...
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VKugelAuthor Commented:
Ok
Thank You
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kain21Commented:
one more thing... the domain naming master role needs to be on the windows 2003 controller or you will get errors... verify that the role is moved to the new 2003 domain controller after adding it to the domain...
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VKugelAuthor Commented:
Thanks
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