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adding the active directory role to windows 2012 server

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I just installed the windows 2012 standard server to my box and would like to add the active directory role.  The existing domain that I joined contains only one windows 2000 server.  Would I have any problems if I activate active directory on the windows 2012 server and then make the 2012 server primary.  My plan is to take the 2000 server offline.

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If the 2000 server is a domain controller, then yes there will be problems. Attempting to make the 2012 server a DC will actually fail because 2000 is too old to properly replicate.

You will need to add a server that supports 2000, but that 2000 also supports, to facilitate the transition. So something like 2008 R2. Make it a DC. Retire the 2000 server. Raise all functional levels to 2003/2008. Then make 2012 a DC and retire the intermediate server.
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