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

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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8/22/2022 - Mon

Nothing special needed if you are simply joining as a member server.

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...

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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Felix Leven

Walktrough to add the first 2012 DC do a 2008 Domain:

You dont have to maually prep the schema on the schema master, or run forestprep and domainprep. The wizard does everything for you.

This 2012 server is not going to be a DC, it is just going to be a Member server...
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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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