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troubleshooting Question

Add new 2008 domain conroller into 2003 environment with a exchange living on first controller.

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Here is the issue
I have my First domain controller that   is  on  windows 2003 R2  x64(is also my only Exchange 2007 install).     I have  a secondary  domain controller  that  is windows 2003  x86  that I also has the GC on.

I want to add in a new (physical) domain controller 2008 to be my "primary" domain controller.   I also plan to decommision my current secondary domain controller and create a  2  new 2008 domain controller inside my vmware clusters.

I'm not sure what the best recommendation is for what to do about the original first domain controller  running  exchange.   I still want it to be my exchange server but don't need it to be a DC anymore.     I assume if I demote it  my  exchange will get destroyed with it somehow.   Will having that machine as a 2003 domain controller cause me issues  with 2008 AD at all?  

Any suggestions on my best course of action?


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