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Authoritative restore using ntdsutil 2003 schema

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Hello,
I am working on the forest recovery plan and testing in the test lab forest recovery if we will upgrade schema from 2008 to 2012 R2. We have 2003 schema master server. I would like to verify the command that is needed after recovering system state.
Is it - authoritative restore: restore database ???

In 2008 there is an option to restore the cn=schema partition, but in 2003 is different.

Please advise if restore database will do the job of recovering forest to 2003. Thank you

After you restored system state backup using NTbackup in dsrm mode do below before rebooting,

   1. At a command prompt, type ntdsutil, and then press ENTER.
   2. Type authoritative restore, and then press ENTER.
   3. Type restore database, press ENTER, click OK, and then click Yes.
   4.Reboot
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You have high level steps that are involved to accomplish a restore of the schema.

Check the below link which will provide additional detail on how to recover a Domain Controller successfully without issues.
Active Directory Domain Controller Restore

Authoritative Restore -  this is a restore process when you need to revert changes from a previous backup. This then sets the USN to an extremely high number to ensure that it is higher than the other Domain Controllers in the environment. These change are then pushed to the other domain controllers in the environment.

Non Authoritative Restore - Is used when you are recovering a secondary domain controller (non fsmo roles) and want to restore the DC the domain controller then through replication receives all directory changes that have been made since the backup from the other domain controllers in the network.

Will.
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Thanks!
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