Do I need to do anything to AD before installing server 2012 R2

We do not have any servers running server 2012 R2 in our enviroment and I am getting ready to create the first 2012 R2 server which will not be a domain controller or will just be a standalone server. Do I need to do anything to AD first or can I just install the new server with 2012 R2?
I think I can just install it since it will not be a DC but just wanted to be sure.
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

we have plenty of 2012r2 machines in our 2008r2 AD domain.  No problem!

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
vmichAuthor Commented:
Ok so nothing has to be done to AD then unless we were adding a new DC correct?
What is the domain and function level of your forest?  If you are running 2008 R2 or higher you shouldn't have any issues at all.  2003 or prior may be different though I would have to research it.  I am currently running Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2 member servers in a 2008 R2 domain\Forest.
Creating Active Directory Users from a Text File

If your organization has a need to mass-create AD user accounts, watch this video to see how its done without the need for scripting or other unnecessary complexities.

vmichAuthor Commented:
yes it is 2008 R2
Right as long as it won't be your first 2012 DC you are all set.  That being said although not necessary you may want to add the gpo templates for windows 8 and 2012...
vmichAuthor Commented:
Dont need to do anything with AD
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Windows Server 2012

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.