installing new server 2003 as PDC - can my old server 2000 be a BDC

Posted on 2006-05-24
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
installing new server 2003 as PDC - can my old server 2000 be a BDC, or do I have to upgrade to 2003 server
Question by:nettechks
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    No, because there is no such thing as a PDC or BDC in an Active Directory domain. Everything is a DC.

    You CAN have a 2003 DC and a 2000 DC in the same domain, that's fine - but you have to prepare the 2000 domain using ADPREP before you can add the 2003 DC to the domain - and then you are essentially upgrading to the 2003 version of Active Directory.

    You should probably review this links:
    Here are some links that should get you going for upgrading a 2000 domain to 2003:

    Common Mistakes When Upgrading a Windows 2000 Domain To a Windows 2003 Domain;en-us;555040

    Hotfixes to install before you run adprep /Forestprep on a Windows 2000 domain controller to prepare the Forest and domains for the addition of Windows Server 2003-based domain controllers | Windows | How To Upgrade Windows 2000 Domain to Windows 2003 Server
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