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Problems making wind 2003 server into domain controller in 2000 env. adprep

I am having trouble making my server 2003 the domain controller in a 2000 environment. I know i need to run adprep, do i need to run that on the 2003 machine? When i try that, a black box comes up for a second, then disappears. Help. thanks!
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Cubbybulin
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Brad GrouxCommented:
Run:

ADPrep /forestprep on the Schema Master in your Windows 2000 forest.
then...
ADPrep /domainprep on the Infrastructure Master in each domain in the forest.
then...
Run DCPromo on the 2003 server.

See here for more details (especially best practice section) - http://www.asupport.com/help/dcpromo_commands.htm
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
When i try that, a black box comes up for a second, then disappears.

my guess is, you are double clicking on the exe on the 2003 server which opens the command prompt window and throws an error because you are running on the wrong system then terminates
needs to be ran from a command prompt manually; it is not a graphical application

are you using 2003 or 2003 SP1?  if SP1, there is a new switch (gpprep) with adprep you need to use
this article give a detail description of the adprep options and potential issues you might have

Prepare Your Infrastructure for Upgrade
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc783495.aspx
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CubbybulinAuthor Commented:
ok i did that, but when i run dcpromo i get " operation failed becaue forest is not prepared. the version of the active directory scema of the source forest is not compatible with the version of active director on this computer"
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Brad GrouxCommented:
If you're getting that error, then the Forest hasn't been prepped as it needs to be. See the following TechNet article which prepares your 2000 forest for newer domain controllers - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753437(WS.10).aspx

ADPrep /forestprep must be run on the Schema Master. This updates the forest schema version to allow for newer domain controllers. Same goes for /domainprep.
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CubbybulinAuthor Commented:
the disk is windows server 2003 standard, but i have service pack 2 on the server itself
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CubbybulinAuthor Commented:
i cannot use windows 2008 DVD, these old machines only have CD drives.
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CubbybulinAuthor Commented:
i noticed that the schema master is an old server that is no longer on the network - how do i change this machine to be the schema master?
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Brad GrouxCommented:
You need to then seize the schema master role using NTDSutil on another domain controller.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc783650(v=WS.10).aspx
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CubbybulinAuthor Commented:
even if the old schema master no longer on the network?
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
that's the purpose of seizing...ntdsutil will first try to transfer and if it fails, it will seize it
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CubbybulinAuthor Commented:
ok it did it - now when i run forest prep - it gives me the same warning about service pack 2, i press C and enter, and then it just disappers so quick. Shouldnt i get some kind of successfully completed message?
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Brad GrouxCommented:
Run NTDSUtil from a command prompt, and the window stays open. As far as a successful message I am unsure, I haven't dealt with a Windows 2003 domain controller in about 5 years personally. You can verify that the FSMO role was seized and all current FSMO role holders following these steps - http://www.petri.com/determining_fsmo_role_holders.htm
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
i suggest opening a command window, navigating to the adprep folder and running it there
double clicking it will close the window when it finishes and you can't see the output
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CubbybulinAuthor Commented:
ok now i am able to read the message:  adprep was unable to extend the schema. the schema master did not complete a replication cycle after the last reboot. after replication succeeeded, run adprep again.
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Brad GrouxCommented:
Wait for replication to occur, or force replication now - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc816926(v=ws.10).aspx
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CubbybulinAuthor Commented:
i got a step further - will post new queston for current problems
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