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Upgrading 32 bit DCs to 2008 R2?

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Hello experts,

I have a question and I think I know the answer but wanted to make sure.

We currently have a domain that is at a Forest Level of 2003 but all domain controllers are 2008 32 bit.  (ugh).

I need  to upgrade the domain to 2008 R2.  I cannot prep the forest from a 32 bit domain controller and need to do it from a DC.  We do not have a 64bit DC.  Do I need to add one just to prep the forest?

My plan was to prep the forest, I have 3 R2 servers I want to upgrade to DC's and transfer services and roles over but I'm stuck at the very beginning and glad I am finding out now in my test lab.

Thank you,

Karen
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Of course you can prep the forest and domain on a 32-bit DC. Using the 2008 R2 media, run adprep32.exe instead of adprep.exe. As the name implies, it is meant to run on 32-bit OSes and will do the schema changes just fine.
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You can prep and have to from your current schema master.  Use adprep32 from the 2008 R2 media and you should be fine.

Thanks

Mike
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I looked and didn't see a adprep32 just adprep? I will look again.
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Thank you, sorry my bad.  They are vm's and I had the 2012 iso connected.  I have completed this successfully now.  Thank you for your help.
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