Adding a new Svr2008 R2 DC to 2003 domain func level env
Posted on 2010-11-16
2 DC/GC (I believe all are 2003 Std R2 SP2+
2003 func level
Both with DNS svrs AD integrated and set to the other as primary then themselves
1 first instance of exchange 2003 Std R2 SP2+ behind the firewall.
2 webservers; one in the dmz one unavoidably behind the firewall.
(1 behind the fw is a CRM mission critical svr w/Svr2003 Std SP updated)
a few other member servers that are 2003 housing db sw, etc..
I am looking to implement a new 2008 R2 STd server and replace one demote one of the 2003 svrs DC. I have several new win7 I had to deploy to users for various reason, new hire/replacements, etc...
We are looking to eventually move all our stuff to hosted solution by end of next year, but I want and need to incorporate the 2008 DC now. What are some things I need to be aware of based on the env I have and doing this? We had no plans to do any further updates exchange at this time. The new DC 08 will be a GC too was the plan, while I realize I will not be able to update the domain func level to 2008, but will I be able to take advantage of some of the new AD features and administer to win7 machines? If anyone is going to say I really need to move to 2010 exchange, the best I'd possibly be able to do would be a "IN PLACE" if that is even possible 2007 upgrade, so please advise on that only if it's an absolute to my being able to do the new 08 DC svr R2 implement I'm asking about and need to do! I’m looking for insights to what to look out for, consider, etc… from people that have been dealing with integrating 2008 dc in their env already.