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Can Windows Server 2008 R2 or Server 2012 join 2003 SBS Domain

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I have a 2003 SBS system. Can I put up a new server running Server 2008 R2 or Server 2012 with SQL Server and join it to my domain running on the 2003 SBS and have it function properly?
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Cliff Galiher earned 1500 total points
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Short answer, yes. You obviously won't be able to take advantages of some new features offered by the newer OSs when they are talking to the 2003 server like SMB2 but the core features are fully interoperable.
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Absolutely.  You need to buy Windows Server (NOT SBS) CALs though for whatever edition you buy.
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Thank You, I tried to accept both answers but the system did'nt let me.
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