Server 2016 in Server 2008 R2 domain

I'm thinking about adding a 2016 server to a 2008 R2 domain... the DC's are 2008 R2 and the functional level is 2008 R2. What issues would I experience with adding a 2016 member server? I'm particularly interested in any issues I would experience with group policy being applied to the 2016 member server.
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
No widespread issues have been documented. Both are still in support and interoperability is there.

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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
"What issues would I experience with adding a 2016 member server?"
None at all.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Agree with Cliff.  You should not experience any issues.  You COULD... but they would be bugs and should then be actively researched and resolved by Microsoft for the next 2 years or so... UNTIL 2008 R2 falls out of support.  Then all bets are off...
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Brent FugettIT SpecialistCommented:
Microsoft says you can have a 2016 DC in a 2008 R2 Functional Level so a 2016 member server should be no problem.
for GPO application on 2016 member servers, use GPMC console on 2016 member server to avoid any incompatible GPO settings
Scott SilvaNetwork AdministratorCommented:
I agree with Mahesh... GP functionality seems more dependent on the system actually writing the policies... Either a 2016 server or a Win 10 workstation as a minimum...
PaulADavisAuthor Commented:
I noticed recently that in the Sysvol\\policies\{Default-Policy-GUID}\Adm folder there are the conf, inetres, system, wmplayer, and wuau .adm files. I don't know if this was a left over from a past upgrade or if someone put these files there in the past for backwards compatibility. Will this cause an issue with 2016 being able to apply the default domain policy?
Cliff GaliherCommented:
PaulADavisAuthor Commented:
Thank you gentlemen.
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