Server 2008 R2 64 bit, added to a Server SBS 2003 32 bit Domain??? Possible? Recommended?

Need to add a server to a client office for a dedicated database server.

Currently the 2003 SBS Server runs the active directory/domain and is 32 bit

The new server needs to be 64 bit and 2008 R2

Will the 2008R2 64 bit attach and play nicely with the 2003 SBS 32 bit system?

Jason KidmanIT Consultant & CEOAsked:
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
Yes - no problems at all.  The SBS server has to hold all the FSMO roles, so you can add the server as a Domain Controller if you want to or as a standard server.

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Dave MessmanIT ConsultantCommented:
correct, whether a machine is 32 or 64 bit is irrelevant in terms of adding it to a domain.  It can be a domain controller or member server.
Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
If the new server is just going to be a member server then no action is needed other than to add it to the domain - use the same process as for adding a workstation.

If the new server is also going to be an additional Domain Controller, then you will need to run ADPREP32 from the 2008R2 server DVD against your existing SBS2003 machine to update the schema.
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