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adding new windows 2012 server to domain. Cant raise domain from  2000 to 2003

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I am trying to add a windows std server 2012 to an existing domain.  Existing domain has a 2003 std server. The existing domain is 2000 mixed. I need to raise to 2003 to add the 2012 server.  The 2003 server can not raise the domain level because it can not contact the PDC. It should BE the PDC as it is the only server. How do I proceed with this?

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If the FSMO role holder for the domain no longer exists, then you need to Seize the roles on the remaining server and the following article shows you how to do this:

http://www.petri.com/seizing_fsmo_roles.htm

Once seized, you should be able to change the Domain Functional Level.

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Are these the roles I should seize? Any particular order?

Seize domain naming master
Seize infrastructure master
Seize PDC
Seize RID master
Seize schema master
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No order - but seize all 5 of them.
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Those are the roles.  You can check to see if the server already has any by running "netdom query fsmo" at a command prompt.  That way you won't have to seize the roles that it already has.

Additionally, you may have old domain controllers in AD that don't exist anymore.  You'll need to use NTDSUTIL to remove them (if there are any).

Seizing roles http://support.microsoft.com/kb/255504
Removing old DCs http://support.microsoft.com/kb/216498/en-us
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Also, make sure that your network card is set properly for DNS, i.e. - the NIC in the PDC is pointing at itself as the primary DNS server.

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OK.  All above worked.  Sort of.  The domain level is now 2003, but the 2012 server still thinks it is 2000. Will this take time to propagate?
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Let things settle for a couple of hours and check later once replication has taken place.
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Is the 2012 server able to contact the correct PDC?  What is the 2012 server looking at for it's primary DNS server?  Also run a DCDIAG on the 2003 server (lets see if you get any other errors).  Check the event log on your 2003 server and see if you have any errors related to NTFRS.

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DCDIAG is an unknown process.
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Are you running this from a command prompt?  If so, what directory are you currently in?  Dcdiag.exe should be in the C:\Windows\System32 directory and this directory (by default) should be a part of the path environment variable.

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My 2012 server can see the 2003 server, but does not list it as a server. 2003 sees 2012 as a computer but not a server or domain controller. Of course it isn't a domain controller yet.
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The 2012 server is generating an error that the Forest is a 2000 level, not that the domain is a 2000 level.
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I've spotted the problem. I'm too stupid to be working on servers.  I raised the domain level to 2003 but not the forest.

Carry on as you were.
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Have you raised the forest functional level too?

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/cc730985.aspx

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Carrying on.  ;)  Glad you got it sorted.

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