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I'm looking at lowering the functional level of my domain to accommodate a windows server 2008 domain controller, will performing the actions in powerscript cause any issues to my users who are currently logged in to and using the domain? The only services configured on the domain servers are active directory, dns, and dfs.
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no should not cause any problems. But my question to you is why would you want to lower the level and add an older server? Why not just save yourself the trouble and keep it how it is or purchase a 2012 key?
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We're opening a new location and I was under the impression we needed to have a domain controller on site. I'm using calyptix firewalls to vpn between sites, it's more so a budget thing at this point. Am I going to lose anything by lowering the level? We're not looking to add on any services in the near future and in the event we need to can't I just raise the functional level and purchase the license then?
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no you won't lose anything that you would be using from the sounds of it. Are you going to 2008 or 2008 r2? if you are going to 2008 you lose the active directory recycle bin but that would be all. You shouldn't have to have a DC on site but it would help with login time but that depends on your network speed.
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These are call centers using voice over IP, and we have problems with call quality when our upload gets stretched. Probably not a great idea to spread that out any further but definitely worth experimenting with. Thank you for the info!
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to be clear a domain controller is only used when users first log in. You can still host everything else on the 2008 server locally without making it a DC. So the only traffic would be authentication traffic if you put the 2008 on site and set it up as the other services. Just a thought...best of luck to you!
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Thank you!
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