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Windows 2008 AD with 2003 Wins server

Posted on 2011-02-15
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Aloha All,
   I have a simple question (I hope) ;)  My office is looking into upgrading our 2000 AD system to 2008 AD.  We do know how to do this ;)  However, we also have a WINS server on Windows 2000 server.  I was wondering if the migration of the wins server could be done to Windows 2003 and still be integrated into our 2008 AD  :)  This would be a member server not an AD server.  Does anyone have any thoughts on this ;)

Thanks,
supertechhawaii
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Yes it can - Windows 2008 supports WINS (if you really need to have it)
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by:supertechhawaii
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Aloha KCTS,
   I know 2008 supports wins, but we would like to use 2003 for the WINS server.  Can I still do this?

Thanks,
Brian
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Yes - no problem
WINS can stay on your 2003 machine and/or be put on the 2008 Machine

You can have 2003 as a member server or as a DC (Your domain assuming that your 2008 domain is running at the 2003 level or lower, if its running at the 2008 level then the 2003 machine can't be a DC)
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by:supertechhawaii
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Aloha KCTS,
  So you are saying that if I change my 2008 AD to Native Mode, I can still run my 2003 Wins server with no issues on the 2008 AD.

Thanks,
Brian
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If you raise the domain functional level to 2008 then the 2003 machine cannot be a DC, however, it can still be a member server and an it can still host WINS. A machines does not have to be a DC to host WINS.
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KCTS was quick on the response and easy to understand ;)  

Thanks and Aloha KCTS :)
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