DFS from 2003 R2 SP2 to 2012 R2

Found that we have DFS on windows server 2003 R2 SP2.  We have AD windows 2008 R2 SP1.   I am thinking of building 2012 R2 servers and install the DFS functions. Can I add the 2012 servers to the namespace servers on the 2003 side?  Should I be able to shutdown the 2003 servers after that and the \\domainname\Group still work when I type it in the windows explorer?
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.

Yes, I believe you can add the 2012 As a DFS target.  Before retiring the 2003 R2 DC you might want to consider transitioning the sysvol from frs to dfs if not done already.
Here is the ms write up/step by step

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
RantCanSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
Yes, your conception of this is correct: once replication has happened, you should be able to remove the old replica servers.  Here is an article with some more details and referrals to technet.

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 2003

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.