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How can I test windows 2012 Terminal server while maintaining my 2003 Domain

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I'm in the process of testing Windows Server 2012 R2 as a terminal server environment. We're looking for better performance when using web surfing, PDF documents etc..

I've downloaded and set up a windows 2012 Hyper V terminal server, and joined it to my domain.

When I log in as a test user, none of my settings or documents are being carried over like they do when I log in to my existing 2003 term server.

I have desktop redirection and my documents redirection set, and when I log in, I do see that it is grabbing my dfsroot User Home and showing it as a Z drive as normal, but this should also be the Documents folder as well there is a Desktop Folder in there that doesn't show up on the windows 2012 Desktop.

So is it possible to have a windows 2012 term server that picks up the 2003 GPO? I'm assuming that is a NO..

So since  I have users logging in daily to 2003 term servers, and I have to maintain my 2003 Domain, AD and GPO's, what is the best way to go about setting up a test scenerio so that I can make sure that the GPO's apply to a user logging in to a 2012 server.

Is it as simple as setting up a HyperV and making a new DC using 2012 and will this break my 2003 one?

Thanks
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You will need to install the latest Group Policy templates into the PolicyDefinitions folder on Sysvol on your DCS so that they apply to Windows 2012 servers.

As for desktop settings, the settings are different from 2003 so they will not apply but Documents and Desktop icons should apply if you setup folder redirection on GPO/GPPs.
(Group Policy Objects/Group Policy Preferences).

Take a look at the list of new policies available:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=25250

The new templates can be found here:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36991

Also, I would start seriously considering replacing your 2003 DCs with either 2008 R2 or 2012 servers!
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