How to verify adprep /forestprep and domainprep worked

I read the MS articles on how to find this info but i wanted to check with you all since i know several of you have probably done this. I ran adprep /forestprep and /domainprep on my infrastructure and schema master. It said that both commands completed successfully. However in this article: it says to verify the CN=ForestUpdates, CN=Widnows2003Update. I see both of these but nothing is populated inside the CN=Windows2003Update folder. Is this normal? I checked the ObjectVersion and it is at 30. However in CN=Operations (under CN=ForestUpdates) there is population but it looks like CN=436a1a4b-f41a, etc. How can i be sure everything is ok before i run the setup /forestprep /domainprep to get ready for exchange 2003?
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You can view detailed output of the ADPrep command by looking at the log files in the %Systemroot%\system32\debug\adprep\logs directory. Typically when you run adprep and it states that the commands completely successfully there should be no issues.  Any events in the event log? When forestprep finishes correctly it will create a special container:


When domainprep finishes correctly it will create a special container:


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As far as I can tell from the kb article there should not be anything in the CN=Windows2003Update folder.
And if adprep didn't work you won't be able to run dcpromo on a Windows 2003 server, it stopps and tells you to run the adprep /forestprep and /domainprep.
So if it didn't work just do it again and if it did you should be able to promote your Windows 2003 server.
You can also use orgprepcheck.

With Exchange 2003 you can use the ORGPREPCHECK switch from the EXDEPLOY tools.


Run ORGPREPCHECK at a command prompt

CD-ROM_Drive_Letter:\support\exdeploy\exdeploy.exe /gc:global catalog server name /t:orgprepcheck

View the EXDEPLOY.LOG file in C:\EXDEPLOY LOGS to see if the setup /forestprep command and the setup /domainprep command have completed successfully.

ORGPREPCHECK verifies the Exchange extensions to the Active Directory Schema, the existence and membership of the Exchange Domain Servers group and Exchange Enterprise Servers Group and checks that a global catalog Server is available in a domain in which DOMAINPREP has been run. The result is displayed in the EXDEPLOY.LOG file.

However as stated above if you did not receive any errors you should be good to go :)

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