Promote Windows 2003 memebr server to Domain Controller
Posted on 2009-05-04
A while back I was configuring a new windows 2003 R2 server and new domain.
The time table was accelerated when the old windows 2000 DC died on us.
The new domain is up and running with no problems.
DCDiag & NetDiag return no errors.
I now have a second windows 2003 R2 member server. On this server I have setup DFS.
Now I want to promote this server to DC.
Can I just run DCPromo and follow the instructions?
Do I specifically have to install DNS before hand?
Do I need to change the Domain Functional Level to 2003 prior to update or can this happen afterwards as well?
Do I need to run adprep, domainprep and / or forestprep?
I am also unsure as to what will happen to the DFS namespace hosted on the second server when I run DCPromo.
I think I can just run DCPromo and follow the instructions after I change the functional level to Windows 2003, but just in case.......
Any help is much appreciated.