SBS 2000 with Windows Server 2003 Secondary domain controller

Hi

I have read many articles on here today and on other sites. I now have a greater understanding of what I would like to achieve. Can someone answer me this question:

"I have SBS 2000 running on my network as a domain controller with usual SBS roles, ie: Exchange, file serving, Fax, ISA etc, is it possible to setup a Windows Server 2003 Standard as a secondary domain controller?"

I have many reasons for wanting to do this. However no need to share them just yet.

Appreciate your help.

Regards
Anthony
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Keith AlabasterEnterprise ArchitectCommented:
No problem at all - what you cannot do though is transfer the FSMO riodes to the 2nd server.

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Toni UranjekConsultant/TrainerCommented:
Hi!

It should be possible, after you extend schema with adprepr /forestprep, /domainprep and /gpprep.

Adprep: http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/bc5ebbdb-a8d7-4761-b38a-e207baa734191033.mspx?mfr=true

HTH

Toni
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PackyourbagsAuthor Commented:
Yes, i thought as much.

It is clearly the FSMO roles, ie: promoting it to a primary Domain Controller you cannot do.

Is this correct?
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Keith AlabasterEnterprise ArchitectCommented:
Thats about the sum of it - don't try and raise the Active Directory level either :)
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PackyourbagsAuthor Commented:
Hi

Response to both keith and Tonjur here:

1. What preparation is required before I bring up my 2003 Server? Do you have any links to articles or information on this?
2. Raising the level, ie: you mean from Mixed mode to Full 2003 mode.

Regards
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Keith AlabasterEnterprise ArchitectCommented:
At the moment your AD level will be set at windows 2000 in native mode. Adding the 2003 box will extend your schema but don't do anything with the AD level at this time - leave it alone. No real preparation is required over and above the normal - ie make sure you have connectivity with network and dns settings enetered etc.
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PackyourbagsAuthor Commented:
Hi Keith

Thanks for your help, if someone can point me in the direction of some AD prep information, I can award points and be on my way.

* Increased points as request for links & info added.

Regards
Anthony
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Keith AlabasterEnterprise ArchitectCommented:
Don't worry about the points - they are just for laughs, but thanks anyway.

http://www.petri.co.il/windows_2003_adprep.htm

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Toni UranjekConsultant/TrainerCommented:
Adprep information was published in first link. ;)
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