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2003 Windows Web edition Servers and Replication

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I have a 2003 AD domain controller and a Windows 2000 server and two 2003 Windows web servers. I would like to take the 2000 server offline (permanently) but I believe the 2003 DC is replicating with it. Will the DC replicate with the 2003 web servers if I take the 2000 server offline?
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by:Chris Dent
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No, there's nothing to replicate with if the 2000 server goes off-line.

Web Edition cannot act as a Domain Controller, so you won't be able to use it to replace the 2000 DC.

However, your domain will operate correctly with just one DC. It just makes disaster recovery more complex so should be avoided if you can.

HTH

Chris
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by:dwielgosz
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Yeah, that's what I was afraid of. I would like to take the 2000 server out of the picture in order to "upgrade" the domain to a windows 2003 AD domain. Right now it's in mixed mode (I believe that's what it's called). Do you have any idea what, if anything, we will gain by doing that (native 2003 versus mixed)?
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Yeah, Mixed mode is right.

The changes are pretty low level. Notable ones perhaps include the ability to nest security groups,  but these are all pretty much in the background.

It's nice to have it there to be very neat, but if I were to choose between keeping the 2000 DC and maintaining resilience or having Native Mode, I'd stick with the 2000 DC.

Chris
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by:dwielgosz
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I wanted it to be "neat" as well after all this time. Thanks for the help, I'll leave it as is.
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You're welcome.

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