troubleshooting Question

Install a new Windows 2003 Server domain controller into a Windows 2000 domain

Avatar of Polymorphexpert
Polymorphexpert asked on
Windows Server 2003
7 Comments1 Solution376 ViewsLast Modified:

Please someone assist.
I am trying to setup a new windows 2003 server domain controller into a Windows 2000 domain.
When I go through the process of promoting the Windows 2003 server as a domain controller it fails with the error message:

''The active Directory installation wizard cannot continue because the forest is not prepared for installing Windows server 2003.  Use the adprep command line tool to prepare both the forest and the domain.''

I then went onto the existing windows 2000 domain controller which contains all 5 FSMO roles and run the adprep /forespt and adprep /domainprep commands.

However, this failed with the error message:

''this version of the AD schema is not compatible with the version of AD on this computer.

Therefore, I went on to Microsoft site and saw the article
I obtain the hotifx from microsoft and tried to run the adprep commands again, however it fails with the error message:

''Adprep was unable to extend the schema.  
The schema master did not complete a replication cycle after the last reboot.
The schema master must complete at least one replication cycle before the schema can be updated.''

I went on the windows 2000 DC, into AD Site and Services and forced a replication however it is still failing.

Please can you someone advice what to try next.

Thanks in advance

Join our community to see this answer!
Unlock 1 Answer and 7 Comments.
Start Free Trial
Learn from the best

Network and collaborate with thousands of CTOs, CISOs, and IT Pros rooting for you and your success.

Andrew Hancock - VMware vExpert
See if this solution works for you by signing up for a 7 day free trial.
Unlock 1 Answer and 7 Comments.
Try for 7 days

”The time we save is the biggest benefit of E-E to our team. What could take multiple guys 2 hours or more each to find is accessed in around 15 minutes on Experts Exchange.

-Mike Kapnisakis, Warner Bros