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Extending 2003 Active Directory schema to support Wireless

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I'm looking to implement active directory extensions to support Vista/7 wireless clients using the procedure in this article, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb727029.aspx.  

My question is once I extend the 2003 schema is there anything I need to consider for our eventual upgrade to a 2008 function level forest?  Has anyone done a schema extension such as this and then upgraded to 2008 function level and were there any pitfalls to be aware of?

My guess is that anything I extended in 2003 would simply be available after the 2008 upgrade, I'm just looking for some real world feedback since I'm not finding much out there on this question.
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Extending the schema shouldn't inhibit an upgrade to 2008. Once you are ready to fully move to Windows 2008, ADPrep will extend the schema to support the enhancements that are included in Windows 2008 AD. The Wireless and Wired Group Policy enhancements are a part of that process, but if the extensions are already there, it won't break the ADPrep process. This also shouldn't affect a functional level increase, since the functional level tells domain controllers which additional portions of the schema can be used for specific functions.
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You will be find running adprep to extend schema this is a common process. There is a link out there that allows you to extend schema then use the Windows 2008 server's GPOs even though you don't have a Windows 2008 server as a DC yet. I will try to find and post.

Step by Step instructions on moving to Windows 2008 server

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Windows_Server_2008/Q_23665224.html
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Well, if you have Windows Vista or 7 you can install the Remote Server Admin Toolkit for Windows 2008 and use that to build GPOs after extending the Schema.
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