Minimum Functional Level for 2008 Domain Controller

I am looking to bring a Windows 2008 Server in as a DC.  I've gone through most of the research and understand updating the forest and domain schema to prepare for a 2008 DC.  The existing forest / domain is at Windows 2000, mixed mode.  Can I bring a Windows 2008 Domain Controller in a 2000 Mixed mode domain without increasing the level to 2000 Native?  There are no plans for read-only DC's.  We will be migrating from all 2000 to a mix of 2000, 2003, and 2008 domain controllers, with the final result being all 2008 domain controllers (~15 of them)

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DenverDanConnect With a Mentor Author Commented:
Here is the answer to the question.  It was discovered in a test environment that you can update the forest schema, but cant update the domain schema unless the domain is in 2000 Native mode.  
To bring a Windows Server 2008 Domain Controller into a 2000 Domain, it must be in Native mode!

Thanks for all the great responses!  Your help is greatly appreciated!!


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