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I have a domain with a Windows 2003 R2 server.
The Domain is in 2003-level.

Now I want to install a Windows Server 2012 R2 domain controller that is going to replace the 2003-server.
I have both Windoes XP and Windows 7 clients in the domain.

Are there anything I should consider when introducing the 2012 R2 server ?

Does XP clients work with the 2012 R2 server ?
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by:SStory
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Here is a conversation on that:
http://community.spiceworks.com/topic/313466-adding-windows-xp-clients-to-server-2012-domain

XP isn't listed by Microsoft:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj713528.aspx

I'd use caution.  Anyhow, XP is dead in April. I'd suggest upgrading to 7 as 8 stinks in my opinion. Or a non-Windows OS if you are able.
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by:Jason Watkins
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You can install the 2012 R2 DC alongside the 2003 DC. Just make it an additional DC for that domain/forest. After that, you can try powering-off the 2003 DC, rebooting the XP clients to make sure everything works as desired. I see no reason why the XP clients will not work with a 2012 R2 DC.
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by:Nick Rhode
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Just a warning XP is not a supported operating system when your domain is Server 2012.  Either keep the 2003 server and co-exist with 2012 or update the XP clients to Windows 7.  I have played with XP on Server 2012 and what the big issue was is the compatibility and management of windows XP.  I could not assign GPO in a sense to manage the workstation and name spaces would not work either.
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by:Jason Watkins
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by:Dirk Mare
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I have to agree with firebar, I just upgraded all our win2k8r2 boxes to 2012 and XP machines are still working and joining fine..

My domain and forest functional level is still on server 2003, not sure if this has anything to do with it.
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by:Jason Watkins
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I think the domain/forest functional level may have a great deal of impact. From what I have read online, those that updated their domain/forest level to 2012, from 2003 or 2008 are the ones running into trouble with XP clients. I don't think Microsoft would release a product that would cut-off compatibility with a great deal of their install base. Sure. They want folks to get off of XP, but they also want folks to adopt WS 2012. If they cut off XP support at that level, 2012 will not have the uptake as desired.
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by:Nick Rhode
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I believe support ends for XP April 2014 and the only reason it was extended is because of the windows 8 outrage.
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Support for XP does end in April, but I do not think that has anything to do with its compatibility with Windows Server 2012. I don't XP to work with the next version of Windows Server.
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