Joining Windows 2003 R2 to Windows 2003 Domain

Posted on 2006-04-08
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
Hi there,

Just wondering if there is anything I need to do before I join a windows 2003 R2 server to a windows 2003 Domain, is there any prep work I must perform before hand.

Also Is there any issue with upgrading a 2000 DC that is in the 2003 domain to 2003 R2 while it is still a DC or should I demote it first upgrade and then premote it again.


Question by:mickinoz2005
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    Assisted Solution

    You can join R2 on a member server to your domain as usual.
    If you want to upgrade the first DC in your domain to R2, you have to run another adprep /forestprep from the \cmpnents\R2\adprep folder on the second R2 CD.
    Extending Your Active Directory Schema for New Features in Windows Server 2003 R2
    There's no real need to demote the machine before the upgrade; you just might move any FSMO roles it's perhaps still holding to another DC.
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    Accepted Solution

    I do not recommend upgrading a production Windows 2000 server to Windows Server 2003, especially if it's a domain controller. In some cases (not all, but I can't tell from here) there are issues with LSASS that cause the server to shut down directly after startup.

    If the Windows 2000 server has no functions other than a domain controller, and you have more than one DC+GC, then I suggest you demote the server to a member, format the server and perform a NEW installation of Windows 2003.

    Be sure to check the hardware requirements for 2003 and don't forget to keep a Global Catalog available at all times.

    Hope this helps

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