troubleshooting Question

2008 into existing 2003 Active Directory

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Windows Server 2003Active DirectoryWindows Server 2008
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I want to bring a single Server 2008R2 machine into an existing domain that has only 2003 domain controllers.  No immediate plans to upgrade/replace the 2003 servers.

Questions:
Will being the first/only 2008 DC make me the FSMO for all?
If I'm down, what happens?  Elections?  No impact?  Replication dies?

I'm not a fully equipped/staffed data center yet, so I don't want to become the master, while being the weakest link.

As a backup plan, I can always re-create my DHCP scopes, and install a 2003 server.  But I'd like to avoid that.  Not just the extra re-work.  But, as soon as I do that, I'm sure there will be a big push to get 2008+ deployed.
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