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I have a customer that wants to bring up a secondary DC for redundancy and they are using SBS2008.  I don't see a problem with this.  It is just a matter of updating the schema with Forest prep and AD prep using windows 2008R2 disk in the SBS2008.

The question I have is this Company has a SQL Database product.  Is the Schema upgrade going to mess with the SQL server.

I have made a backup of the system state using wbadmin startsystemstateback.

Am I missing anything?

Thanks,

Rick
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by:Cliff Galiher
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If you are going to add a 2008 R2 server as the second DC, then yes you are correct. You will need to update the schema. And no, schema updates don't normally break MS SQL Server.
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by:Cris Hanna
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However, and I'm surprised that cgaliher didn't mention this, Microsoft does not recommend installing SQL server on a Domain Controller
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by:RickArnold
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I was looking and doing a little more research.  

There is a parameter \adprep /domainprep /gpprep this is an SBS2008 server.  

I have always run \adprep  /domainprep  what does the /gpprep switch do?

Thanks,

Rick
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/gpprep is group policy http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2008/11/11/so-you-want-to-upgrade-to-windows-2008-domain-controllers-adprep.aspx

that option is not required in this scenario

So you should first run  adprep /forestprep  and then run adprep /domainprep
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by:RickArnold
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yup did it.  The SQL piece is on another box.  

Experts thanks for your help
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