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    Hi,

    I've 2 windows 2003 DC as global catalog in my domain.
    now I'm planning to insert another windows 2008 as dc.
    i know that i need to run the forest prep and the domain prep.
    I'm afraid that something in the process will break and i will mess up my AD.
    can i disconnect the second DC from the network,do the setup and if everything goes will
    reconnect the second DC backup to the network?
    if yes what i need to do then on the second DC,do i need to run on it domain prep?or it will replicate?

    THX

  • #2
    Re: add windows 2008 as dc to windows 2003

    my suggestion is if you want to change, change everything not just one dc.
    I wouldnt mix them.
    The chase is better than the catch

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    • #3
      Re: add windows 2008 as dc to windows 2003

      You can add the DC with no problems at all. No need to disconnect the DC.
      Just make a solid backup of your AD before running dcpromo on w2k8 box.

      bio..

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      • #4
        Re: add windows 2008 as dc to windows 2003

        Hi

        MY suggestion would be just go ahead , joi 2k8 as a member server in domain, do that Adprep...and promote the win2k8 as DC after that....it would not atall messup your existing enviornment ...and if at all it does....take win2k8 off the n/w or may be just turn it off and follow the following article to clean the metadata of 2k8 from the 2k3 DC's...its very simple

        http://support.microsoft.com/kb/216498

        Note: all the metadata cleanup steps would be performed on win2k3 DC

        Karan
        Pledge technologies
        Best Regards,
        Pledge Technologies

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