Just about to deploy a 2012 server to run alongside an existing 2003 with Exchange (about 10 users), please correct me if any of these steps shouldn't be there :
Raise forest/domain level to 2003 (IP 192.168.0.100 / SERVER )
Install new 2012 server (IP 192.168.0.101 / SERVER2 )
SERVER2 joining SERVER
Add role (Active Directory Domain Service)
Add domain controller to existing domains
The new server seem to have a full set of AD and DNS, so am I ready to go with this 2012 ?
The whole poing of this exercise is to create a second server to offload the workload from the 2003.
There will be a heavy database running on the 2012 (8 cores + 16GB + RAID10 )
What I were looking for is for the 2012 to hold all database stuffs, so users will carry on using the 2003 to logon and access Exchange, but then the database clients will be point to the 2012 to take the strain away from the 2003.
Am I heading the right direction ?