create a Windows 2003 child domain in a 2008 AD

Aloha Everyone,
  Is there a way to create a Windows 2003 Child domain in a 2008 Active Directory?  I need a 2003 Child domain so I can run MSDSS and migrate my Novell 6.5 sp8 server.  The 2008 Active Directory does not have a 2003 domain controller.  This prevents me from being able to run MSDSS.  

Thanks,
Brian
supertechhawaiiAsked:
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Krzysztof PytkoSenior Active Directory EngineerCommented:
I also didn't use this tool but in my opinion it should work. If parent-child domain scenario works, so also forest to forest scenario might work. In both cases domains use trust (in parent-child there is also trust between domains, created automatically by AD during child domain set up). Raise Forest Functionsl Level for the new forest to Windows Server 2003 mode and set up two-way forest trust and check that migration software :)

Krzysztof
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Mike KlineCommented:
What is your forest functional level set at right now?

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Mike
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Krzysztof PytkoSenior Active Directory EngineerCommented:
Just only to add.
Yes, it is possible if your Forest Functional Level is not grater than Windows Server 2003 mode. Then you can create child domains using Windows Server 2003 DCs. In case that it is grater, you cannot. For that you need to create separate forest and configure forest trust between them.

The rest, Mike will tell you if you have additional questions :)

Regards,
Krzysztof
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supertechhawaiiAuthor Commented:
Aloha iSiek and mkline71,
   I just checked my Forest functional level.  It is set to 2008 functional level. Since this is set this way, I believe that is is not possible to add a 2003 child domain.  Is this correct?  The only thought I have is to Create a 2003 AD and run a forest trust?  

Thanks,
Brian
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Mike KlineCommented:
You are correct,  since the forest functional level is 2008 you can't introduce any DCs lower than 2008 into the forest.

Thanks

Mike
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supertechhawaiiAuthor Commented:
Aloha mkline71,
   I am assuming that a 2003 AD can be forest trusted with a 2008 AD with no issues.  If this can be done, does this mean that I can run MSDSS on the 2003 AD and migrate the AD to the 2008 AD?

Thanks,
Brian
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Mike KlineCommented:
You could migrate, using ADMT or a third party tool.

Thanks

Mike
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supertechhawaiiAuthor Commented:
Aloha mkline71,
   Thanks ;) I need to use MSDSS for my migration.  This is the migration tool from Microsoft to migrate Novell to AD.

Thanks,
Brian
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Mike KlineCommented:
ahh ok.  won't blow smoke...I haven't used that tool
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supertechhawaiiAuthor Commented:
Aloha All,
   I just finished the setting up the forest trust ;)  I will be testing the MSDSS this morning and will let you all know how it worked.  If it did work, I will let you all know what I did in order to get this to work to help any one else who might have the same issues :)

Thanks,
Brian
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supertechhawaiiAuthor Commented:
Aloha all,
   I have tried everything to set this up. I just can't seem to get the "directory synchronization service" installed on the windows 2008 server.  We are just going to need to purchase Quest NDS migrator tool. I have ran several test with the tool and it works great, even if I have a Native 2008 AD.  

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who tired to hep me out on this ;)

Thanks,
Brian
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supertechhawaiiAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the help on this ;)
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