I am looking to add a new Windows 2008 R2 server as a DC (BDC - old term) into my existing 2003 domain.
My existing envirnoment:
1 Windows 2003 Standard server - DC
10 XP workstations (7 actuall users)
These are the steps I am planning on taking - sequential order:
Create a static IP on the 2008 server
Point to the existing domain controller for DNS
Join the 2008 server to the domian as a member server
Perform an Microsoft ASR backup
Promote both the Forest and Domain Functional Levels to Windows Server 2003
- from Server 2000 Mixed Mode
Taken from from the sources\adprep or the Support folder on the 2008R2 DVD
run ADPREP32 /forestprep on the 2003 DC
run ADPREP32 /domainprep on the 2003 DC
run ADPREP32 /domainprep /gpprep on the 2003 DC
Run DCPromo from the new 2008 server
Select the option for an additional domain controller in an existing domain
Promote the new 2008 server as an additional Global Catalog,
Can I perform all the above while it's Live? I only have 7 actual users.
Am I OK with the above order?
Is a Microsoft ASR backup all I need as a backup if the above should fail?