Windows 2003 to 2012 -- upgrade without 2008 ?

A buddy said that since all 3 of my sites are currently on Windows 2003 I cannot jump straight to 2012, I need to have at least one server make a middle jump to 2008, and upgrade the schema of the domain, then get a 2012 DC joined.

Other articles and buddies I talked to said it was NOT needed, you can jump from 2003 to 2012 without having one DC as 2008 first.

Who is correct ?
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Trent SmithCommented:
It appears to be completely possible to go from 2003 to 2012.  Just be advised there is a MAJOR change in the look and feel for 2012.
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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
Here are my notes I use to migrate from 2003 to 2012 R2

Active Directory Migration from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2
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Adding a Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller to an Existing Windows Server 2003 network
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Migrating Windows Server 2003 FSMO Roles To Windows Server 2012 R2
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Migrating DHCP From Windows Server 2003 to 2012 R2
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ipconfig /all | find /i "DHCP server"

Migrating a Windows Server 2003 file server, NTFS and Share Rights to Windows Server 2012 R2
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I think your buddy needs to do a little reading.
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Trent SmithCommented:
ScottCha I think you are exactly right about his buddy.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You can migrate straight to Server 2012. We have done this at two clients and it has worked just fine. You have to follow the Microsoft migration steps to the letter, but you do not need to move to Server 2008 first.
This has been discussed on EE in quite a few other PAQ's as well:


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