2003 32bit to 2008 x64 migration

Posted on 2012-09-20
Last Modified: 2012-09-21
I'm upgrading my Domain from 03 to 08.  Two Servers.  The 03 server is 32bit, the 08 server is 64bit.  I think I may have screwed myself.  I ran the adpreps (forestprep and domainprep) on the 32 bit server from the 64bit media.  Now when I try to dcpromo from the 08 machine it errors out saying I need to run forestprep.  A little research tells me i needed to run the adpreps from 32 bit media, is it possible to backout the adpreps.  If not, what are my options to do the migration, if any?
Question by:gthmpd
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    by:Nagendra Pratap Singh
    What is the exact error message?

    Author Comment

    On the 08 server, at the "select a domain" window of DCPromo, after pressing next the pop up reads:

     "To install a domain controller into this Active Directory forest, you must first prepare the forest "Adprep /forestprep". The Adprep Utility is available on the Windows Server 2008 R2 installation media in the \support \adprep folder."

    I tried re-running Adprep from the 32 bit media and got this message:

    "Forest-wide information has already been updated.
    Adprep did not attempt to rerun this operation."

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    Expert Comment

    by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
    I think I may have screwed myself.  I ran the adpreps (forestprep and domainprep) on the 32 bit server from the 64bit media

    Restore from backup and DO NOT use any S2K8 tools on the S2k3 machine EVER..
    I hope some other experts have better solutions for your sake
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    Accepted Solution

    On the win2k8 x64 media there adprep32 that you would use.

    Did the adprep actually run or did it error out?
    Make sure to use a command window this way you can see errors if any.

    The error you get suggests that the adprep you tried running did not actually run.
    Location of adprep32

    Driveletterofdvdrom:\support\adprep or \sources\adprep
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    Assisted Solution

    by:Lee W, MVP
    You didn't do anything bad to AD - don't worry about it.  ADPREP will not run if it's run on the wrong platform (64 bit on 32 bit) and it can only update if the updates haven't been applied... the updates are the same regardless of which ADPREP is run so you can't mess it up that way.

    2008 R2 doesn't have a 32 bit version, so if you ran a 32 bit version you ran the 2008 (non-R2 version which is older and different) then you didn't update 2003 AD to a new enough schema so you're getting a message that the schema must be updated.

    If you did run the correct version, then you may not have run it on the correct DC.  Please follow this guide CAREFULLY and you should be fine:

    (I'm assuming you have 2008 R2 because you mentioned it in one of your comments... but your question states 2008.  So please CLARIFY as this is a VERY important detail).

    Author Comment

    Thanks Arnold.  As Mykul experienced in that thread you provided, I had a bit of trouble finding a copy of Win08 with Adprep32.   Once found and ran, it worked as intended.

    @ve3ofa   That was my next step.  Was hoping not to have to do that as I've had bad luck restoring a DC in the past  :)

    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks LeeW  for the Petri link. The more resources the better.  CAREFULLY... got it   ;)

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