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Windows Server 2003 R2 upgrade - is adprep /domainprep necessary?

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I am going to be running the Windows Server 2003 r2 upgrade onto all my servers.  Right now they are all running Windows Server 2003 sp1.  I have two domain controllers, file and print, email, etc, etc.

I want to know if I need to run the adprep /domainprep while upgrading my servers?  Specifically do I have to run the adprep on my domain controllers?  

I am not an Enterprise admin.  My domain is a child domain...the parent domain controller is located at a corporate office far away.  Therefore I don't think I even have rights to run an adprep.  Furthermore the only functionality I really want from the R2 upgrades is the Printer Manager, updated Shadow copies features, updated disk quota features.  I am not really interested in the features that pertain to Active Directory and domains.  

Also if there anything else I need to be aware of when upgrading my servers to R2?  Any hiccups I should expect?
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with windows 2003 R2 (release 2) you will need to run the adprep tools from the second cd supplied in the 2 cd set!

\CMPNENTS\R2\ADPREP

you can also download here
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=5B73CF03-84DD-480F-98F9-526EC09E9BA8&displaylang=en

this boosts the schema up to cope with R2 functionality
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/r2/whatsnewinr2.m
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