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Adding a server 2012 to AD along with already exisiting 2008 servers

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I am adding a new server with 2012 OS, which is the first server in our AD with 2012, and my question is, do I have to do anything to AD to have this server be able to run with the 2008 servers?
This 2012 server is not going to be a DC but it will participate in DFS with the 2008 servers.
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Nothing special needed if you are simply joining as a member server.
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Ok just wanted to make sure as far as DFS was concerned that I did not have to do anything to ADDS for the 2012 to be able to join in the DFS along with the 2008 servers...
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It will be able to join in 2008 mode.  You will not be able to take advantage of the 2012 DFS improvements, though.
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That's ok because all the other servers are now still running 2008 for the time being....
So I don't have to do anything to AD DS correct?
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Correct.  No changes to AD DS needed
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by:Felix Leven
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Walktrough to add the first 2012 DC do a 2008 Domain:
http://www.petenetlive.com/KB/Article/0000680.htm

You dont have to maually prep the schema on the schema master, or run forestprep and domainprep. The wizard does everything for you.
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This 2012 server is not going to be a DC, it is just going to be a Member server...
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by:Berlin142
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If this is only a member Server, then it makes no difference, on what Level your AD is running. Has nothig to do with AD then.
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no changes needed
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