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I need help adding a 64 bit 2003 server to 32 bit 2003 sbs server as a DC. ADPREP issue.

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I am having trouble adding a 2003 server R2 x64 machine to a 2003 sbs server R2 X86 domain as a domain controller.

I found kb919151 which seems to address the issue. I downloaded the kb to a directory c:\hotfix\adprep

In the ADPREP directory there a number of ldf files (sch14.ldf) which I assume are for the schema update and subfolders of x64, x86 which has the respective version of ADPREP.exe in them.

When I run the 32 bit ADPREP /DOMAINPREP from command prompt at c:\hotfix\adprep\x86 I get an error about needing to be run in the directory with  schema.ini and sch*.ldf.

I am thinking all I would need to do is copy the x86 version to the ADPREP directory.

I just wanted confirmation from someone who may have done this update before I try it. The hotfix came with no instructions other than apply and reboot.
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Extract hotfix to a temporaly directory.
Copy the  appropriate version of adperp.exe to folder where ini and ldf files are.
Run adprep / forestprep
run adprep / domainprep

Now you can go to 2003 R2 x64 server and promote it to dc
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And you have done this before and can confirm it works?
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by:Zsolt Pribusz
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No, we migrated our 2003 AD already to 2008, and not needed to add 2003 x64 DC server to our domain.
But this question was discused many times before. For example here: http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Q_24155620.html
or here: http://en.megacrack.es/2008/08/07/como-hacer-un-dcpromo-a-un-windows-2003-r2-x64-en-un-dominio-windows-2003-x86/
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Thank you
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