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upping a forest domain level.

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My domain and forest functional level is currently 2003, I am looking to up it to 2008. Both of our Domain controllers are 2008 R2, Exchange 2010 runs under 2008 R2 as does our SQL server, we have a couple of 2003 servers that run older apps and a mixed user base of xp/windows 7 users.

I'm hesitant to upgrade the level as its something i have never done before and would be concerned in case it broke something.

any one ever had any problems with doing an upgrade and what problems would I likely to run to ?

Thank you
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by:BillBondo
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http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753104.aspx

Seems like has all the info you need
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Mike Kline earned 400 total points
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You should be fine with what you described.  If you had older NT boxes then there would be some possible issues.

Take a look at this blog by the askpfe team

http://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2012/04/09/a-few-things-you-should-know-about-raising-the-dfl-and-or-ffl-to-windows-server-2008-r2.aspx

...once you are at FFL 2008 R2...now you can enable the AD recycle bin :)

Thanks

Mike
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by:BMI-IT
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awesome thanks guys, got some reading ahead of me!!
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