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Add Windows 2008 Terminal Services to a Windows 2000 Active Directory Domain?

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We are attempting to spin up a new Windows 2008 Server to run Terminal Services, and also be the TS Licensing server.  The server was added to the domain without issue.

When Terminal Services and Terminal Service Licensing is added as Roles to the 2008 server, the following message is received:  "An error occured while adding the computer account for the Terminal Services license server to the Terminal Server License Servers group in Active Directory Domain Services."

We are still running a Windows 2000 based Active Directory.  Our main server is a 2000 Domain Controller.  Has anyone successfully gotten TS 2008 up and running in this scenario?
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I believe you will need a 2003 domain controller.
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Can you look over this too but you will need to have a 2003 server that is holding the FSMO roles. I wish I tested this before we upgraded this 2000 network to 2003 Domain and a 2008 TS.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc775358.aspx
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by:abillz
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Ok, thank you to everyone for the assist.

Here is what I have done so far.  I have spun up another Windows 2003 server, joined it to my domain, and promoted it to a Domain Controller.  I then let the new DC set over night to replicated and get adjusted to the new environment.

I have now transfered the PDC role from the 2000 DC to the new 2003 DC using the standard methods.  I did this through the AD users and Computers snap-in.  I received a confirmation message stating that the role had been transferred successfully.   I then let everything sit for 15 minutes or so....

I then went back it to verify that the role was transfered and got a little bit of a shock.  The page in AD Users and Computers, Operations Masters, PDC tab now shows "ERROR" as the operations master for PDC role.

This is a little bit unnerving.

Advice?


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Did you do the adprep to the domain before promoting the 2003 server to a DC?
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Yes, ADPREP was run prior to the promotion.   We have two other 2003 DCs in the domain, but they are at remote sites.
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Is this only on the 2000 server (in ADUC) that you're seeing the 'error'? If so, have you rebooted that server since the transfer?
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Error is witnessed on multiple servers, both servers (the 2000 DC - old PDC, and the 2003 DC - new supposed PDC) have been restarted.
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Have you tried to transfer the roles again. Run a dcdiag /v then post.
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Ok...   So i have resolved the situation and have everything up and running.  Thank you to everyone for the pointers...

Here is what I ended up doing...

1. The new domain controller had all kindas of issues in the event logs, which basically made it appear that it never finished its DC promotion.  I decided to attmept a demotion of the new DC and was going to clean everything up.   During the demotion I received an obscure error that sent me searching the net and I came upon a post that made everything light up like a christmas tree.
2. The new DC had the Windows Firewall Service running and I had not checked for it.
3.  I stopped and disabled this, and was then able to run a demotion without issue.
4.  I let it seit for a bit, then promoted it again.  Everything went smoooth, so I let it sit overnight.
5.  Transferred the role without problem.
6. Installed TS Licensing on the 2008 box without issue, although it still did not add itself to the proper Terminal Services License Servers group in AD.  The good news is that the group existed this time, so I just added it to the group and the TS licesnse server recognized it.
7. Installed  Terminal Services without issue.

All is well, and now its time to move to the next hurdle.  XenApp.

Thanks again

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