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Windows 2008 Domain / Forest Level Change

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Currently I have all Wiindows 2008 servers & domain controllers. The function level is 2003. I'm getting ready to use this article to raise the domain functional level to 2008.

http://www.petri.co.il/raising-windows-server-2008-active-directory-domain-and-forest-functional-levels.htm

At the bottom of this article it tales about raising the forest level...my question is, do I also need to do this after I raise the domain level to get all the benefits of having a Win 2008 domain?
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No real features come with the 2008 forest functional level but you should raise it.

When you go to 2008 R2 raising to 2008 R2 FFL gives you the ability to turn on the AD recycle bin


More on features for various functional levels below:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/understanding-active-directory-functional-levels(v=ws.10).aspx

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Mike
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the reason I'm raising it is because we're getting ready to implamnet DFS...any befenfits for that?
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For the DFL yes (see the link).  Nothing additional for 2008 FFL.

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Mike
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You don't HAVE to raise the forest functional level - but if you don't have any legacy DCs in the forest you may as well - there are some minor improvements including the way that universal groups are handled.
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