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Windows 2008 R2 domain in lab: add Windows 2012 R2 server

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Hi,

Please advise what's required for adding a Windows 2012 R2 server to an Windows 2008 R2 domain. Goal is to phase out the existing Windows domain controller. Though I would like to keep its options intact: policies, remote desktop configuration etc.

Please advise.
J.
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just install S2K12 and then add the server as a domain controller it will update your schema, just remember your server levels / functional levels and adjust as required on the new server
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Thanks but that's what I tried and that did not work. It wanted to upgrade my current domain controller but couldn't.
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could you elaborate more on why it didn't work?  any error messages?
installing ADDS role and promoting to a domain controller is pretty straight-forward in this scenario so if it failed then something must be broken somewhere preventing it from moving forward
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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were you logged in as a domain admin / enterprise admin?
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Yes, I was. I will give it another try asap.
Please though clarify what impact 2012 dc has on existing policies, working of the domain.
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It has no impact on existing policies
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