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  • AD: 2000 straight to 2008 ?

    As per the title:

    Is it possible (note, I didn't say easy, or preferred, or recommended, or supported) to upgrade an existing Windows 2000 domain, without Exchange, straight to Windows 2008 ?

    We'll have a newly installed Windows 2008 Server (Full install) so we won't need to do an inplace migration of the existing server OS.

    I imagine it would be similar to the way we go from 2000 to 2003:

    - run adprep.
    - install new member server and join to domain
    - run dcpromo on new member server
    - transfer FSMO roles
    - migrate data as required
    - turn off old server and confirm everything is ok.
    - decommission old server
    - throw old server off the roof of the building.

    And obviously backing up and maintaining restoration points in the appropriate and responsible manner.


    Am I on the right track ? More so - can it be done, has anyone done it ?\


    oh and so i'm on the right track here.. the infrastructure is question isn't a 2000-native mode DS or anything like that - it's comprised of 3 Windows 2000 Server computers, running a Windows 2000 Domain (instead of a Windows 2003 server with 2000-mode domain)
    Last edited by tehcamel; 16th April 2009, 01:38.
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    Re: AD: 2000 straight to 2008 ?

    Yes, but you have to install SP4 for Windows 2000 and you have to go to Windows 2000 native mode.
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      Re: AD: 2000 straight to 2008 ?

      they are already SP4, and I'll check the operational mode.. thanks for your response
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