I am looking for some advice on the best way to go to Server 2003 AD. Currectly we already have a windows 2000 AD environment in place with 2 DC's and an email server that is running exchange 2000. I remember reading somewhere on microsofts site that if you do an in place upgrade (i may be mistaken) to be careful since AD on 2003 has some changes that might corrupt or destroy the current 2000 AD while upgrading. I may be totally wrong or have my stories mixed up. But this is what I was going to do to upgrade:
Install a new server with windows server 2003, make it a DC and join it to our existing domain. Once everything has replicated to the new 2003 server then i will take the two 2000 servers out of the picture. Then later I will add Exchange 2003. What issues or problems should i be aware of? Also is thier a utility to clean or check for corruption on AD?
Since there is no wrong or right answer that i am looking for I am assigning a point value of 250 and will split them up according to the suggestions i think will be best for the situation. Thanks for the help.