DFS from 2003 R2 SP2 to 2012 R2

hbpub used Ask the Experts™
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?
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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
RantCanSr. Systems Administrator
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.


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