Can we install 2003 AD services on 2016 OS ?

Our AD domain functional level is still on 2003. Our current Domain Controllers are on either 2003 or 2008R2. We recently have purchased some more new MS server licenses which come with 2016. Question to you, considering our current functional level is still on 2003, can we add 2016 server to be our domain controller and hope it will work well with other 2003/2008 domain controllers? Is there any compatibility issue for doing that?
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considering our current functional level is still on 2003, can we add 2016 server to be our domain controller and hope it will work well with other 2003/2008 domain controllers?

No you cannot. You will need to demote your 2003/2003 R2 domain controllers. Refer to the Microsoft documentation around Server 2016 an DFL/FFL. Server 2016 will support 2003 DFL/FFL, but you must remove the 2003 DC's as per the documentation.

For customers who need additional time to evaluate moving their DFL & FFL from 2003, the 2003 DFL and FFL will continue to be supported with Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 provided all domain controllers in the domain and forest are either on Windows Server 2008, 2008R2, 2012, 2012R2, or 2016.

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Cliff GaliherCommented:
2003 is officially very out of support so any scenario is unsupported. With that said, I can say from experience that, for the moment, you can have 2016 member servers in a 2003 domain.  However those 2003 domain controllers don't support moderm crypto standards so you get a *lot* of noise in the event logs and not all apps that require strong authentication will work.

Please please *PLEASE* retire those 2003 domain controllers.  There is no justifiable explanation for keeping 2003 domain controllers, long out of support and with known security flaws, in production.
Tom CieslikIT EngineerCommented:
If you have 2008 DC just rise functionatility level to 2008, then demote 2003, install new 2016 server and rise funtionality level to maximum possible.
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
"just rise functionatility level to 2008, then demote 2003"

Cant do it in that order.  Gotta demote before you raise functional levels.  Functional levels have to be as low as or lower than the LOWEST domain controller.
you can have 2016 member servers in a 2003 domain

I must have misread the original question. I thought he meant a 2016 DC.
Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
just to provide more documentation on the matter which should answer everything including previous comments...

Forest and Domain Functional Levels
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