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Joining a windows 2016 standard server to a windows 208r2 active directory

I want to join a windows 2016 standard server to a 2008R2 active directory.  All functional levels are at Windows 2008R2.

Are there known issues joining a 2016 standard server to AD 2008R2?
Are there any known operational issues?
Are there GPO compatibility issues?

I am in the processes of purchasing windows 2016 standard licenses.  How long will a windows 2016 run without activation?

Windows OSWindows Server 2008Active Directory

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8/22/2022 - Mon
Jeremy Weisinger

No issues.
It will run 180 days without activation.


Are you planning to run the 2016 as domain controller in the existing domain? if so, you need to prepare the domain (adprep /domainprep, adpre /schemaprep, adprep /forestprep)  schema preparation, forest preparation.

This server will not be a domain controller.  
The server we are joining will be hosting a web site.

Upgrading the AD to 2016 is another project.
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Walt Forbes

No issues, you can join it directly.
Ganesamoorthy S

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