Adding Windows 2003 Member Server to a Windows 2000 Server Domain Controller environment

Posted on 2006-04-28
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
I  have a Windows 2000 Server environment and I recently purchased a Windows 2003 server. Can I still leave the network environment as is with a 2000 server as the domain controller and add a 2003 server as a member server? Later, I will upgrade the entire network to WIndows 2003, but not for another month or two. If this will create problems, then I will wait. I look forward to your answer. Thanks.
Question by:aipla
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    2003 Servers can join 2000 domains with no problem.  Only if you want to make the 2003 server a domain controller will you have to do anything special.

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    Sorry, one more question. Do I have to run forestprep and domain prep or is that only if I am promoting to a 2003 domain controller?
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    only if you are making a domain controller.  2003 is really a more stable XP Server - you don't need to do anything special to add your XP clients, right?

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