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First DC 2008 or 2003 ?

Posted on 2009-05-08
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Need some help in setting up my first Windows 2008 Domain for a single office.
We have the following server software :
1x Windows 2008 (NEW HP ML 350G5 High Spec)
1 x Windows 2003 (Medium Spec, 1yr Old)
Both Servers are currently in member mode as a workgroup.

We require 2 domain controllers for redundancy.  Both servers will be DCs and act file and print servers, we will have around 80 logon accounts.

Within the next 3-4 we will be introducing a Windows 2008 64bit server with Exchange 2007.

My trouble is I dont know whether I should setup the 2008 as the first Domain control then add the 2003 as an additional or make the 2003 Server the first DC then add the 2008 as an additional DC.

Would someone please give me the best way forward for my domain.

Any tips and adice would really be great.

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I'd go with 2008 first.  One important thing to remember though... during the DCPROMO process (updating the server to be the first domain controller), make sure you don't go with 2008 mode or you won't be able to DCPROMO the 2003 server.  You'll have to run the forest/domain in 2003 mode instead (and later, when you get another 2008 license, you can upgrade/migrate the 2003 DC to 2008).  2008 will bring some additional benefits that are worth the license.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Given your company size and the intent to deploy exchange, I would suggest you consider purchasing Essential Business Server (EBS) from Microsoft instead.  This will offer discounts over the stand-alone products, include wizards to ease the setup and deployment, include management features and remote access features that are not otherwise available on the standard products.
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