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Windows 2003 Domain, Want to add 2003 R2 as DC

Posted on 2006-07-04
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Hi All

I have a windows 2003 Standard Domain.
We need to purchase another Server to be a DC but it will come with R2.
My question is I know R2 Extends AD scehma. Can I promote a server with R2 on it into my standard 2003 Domain?
Will I get any problems if so what will they be etc?

Thanks for your time
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Yes. You will need to extend the AD schema before you are allowed to dcpromo it up to a DC. Put W2K3 R2 Disk 2 into the CD drive of the first server, and run the adprep /forestprep command from that disk. The version of adprep that is on Disk 1 isn't the latest version for some reason.

Once the schema is up to date, the domain can have any combination of 2K3 and 2K3 R2 domain controllers.

Also note that if your new R2 server won't be a domain controller, you don't have to update the schema. A R2 server can be a member server to any domain. I don't think this is what you are planning though.
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