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I've already practiced the procedure of adding the first 2k8 DC to a 2k3 domain in my lab (ADPrep, DCPromo, etc).  However, the production environment I have to upgrade has an empty forest root (root.com being the empty forest root and company.com being the domain I want to add the first 2k8 DC to.

Do I have to add a 2k8 DC to the empty forest root domain (root.com), or can I just add the first 2k8 DC to the child domain (company.com?
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Either way works fine, there is no order as to what domain needs the first 2k8 box

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Add the Windows Server 2008 to the company.com domain. The root.com is the very top of your Active Directory DNS name space.
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It doesn't matter though, he can add it to the child first too

The child functional level can actually be higher too

 
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/understanding-active-directory-functional-levels(WS.10).aspx
 
"You cannot set the domain functional level to a value that is lower than the forest functional level, but you can set it to a value that is equal to or higher than the forest functional level."

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Mike
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Since Schema & domain naming master roles are forest wide,so let it be there is n number of domain but these two roles are going to be common for all the domain in forest,so it can be run on any dc with particular FSMO roles.

See the below link.

http://blogs.dirteam.com/blogs/sanderberkouwer/archive/2008/03/02/transitioning-your-active-directory-to-windows-server-2008.aspx
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If he is to raise the forest functional level or the domain functional level the FSMO roles for the Schema Master, and Domain Master will have to be transferred to a Windows Server 2008 DC.
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Yes but his question was does he have to add the new 2008 box to the parent or the child domain...answer is it doesn't matter either one is fine.
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Yes, but the future of his infrastructure is important too, if he chooses to raise the forest functional level or the domain functional level. General practice is usually to add the dc to the child domain.
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Thanks so much.  I did not anticipate such a quick response.
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