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  • Upgrading windows 2000 domain controllers to windows 2003 but hardware bottleneck

    The network consits of 2 domain controllers and a fileserver all running windows 2000 servers with sp4.
    I need to move to windows 2003 servers but considering the hardware of the existing servers that may pose problems through upgrade, I intend to build a fresh windows 2003 server, join it to the existing domain and run the dcpromo and wanted to know if the existing active directory will be replicated to the server2003 before I take the 2000 servers(dc) off line after running the dcpromo.

  • #2
    Re: Upgrading windows 2000 domain controllers to windows 2003 but hardware bottleneck

    Yes it will replicate.
    Marcel
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    • #3
      Re: Upgrading windows 2000 domain controllers to windows 2003 but hardware bottleneck

      before taking your 2000 dc offline make sure that fsmo roles and critical services such dhcp, dns and etc are already moved to your new 2003 dc.

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      • #4
        Re: Upgrading windows 2000 domain controllers to windows 2003 but hardware bottleneck

        As everyone has already said,

        Yes it will replicate between a 2000 and 2003 server
        Then you will need to transfer the FSMO roles - all 5 of them.
        Make sure your DNS roles are installed on the new 2003 server
        Then you need to update all your computers to ensure the DNS servers are pointing to the new DCs.
        Then you can increase the domain, then forest, functional levels if you choose.
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        • #5
          Re: Upgrading windows 2000 domain controllers to windows 2003 but hardware bottleneck

          Don't forget to make it a GC!
          Tom Jones
          MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
          PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
          IT Trainer / Consultant
          Ossian Ltd
          Scotland

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          • #6
            Re: Upgrading windows 2000 domain controllers to windows 2003 but hardware bottleneck

            Yea, I'll pay that... I'm used to working in environments where basically everything is a GC anyway..

            there's probably reasons why this is a bad idea.. ?
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            • #7
              Re: Upgrading windows 2000 domain controllers to windows 2003 but hardware bottleneck

              Why upgrade from a 10 year old operating system to a 7 year old operating system? Why not take the bold leap to a 2 year old operating system, Server 2008?
              1 1 was a racehorse.
              2 2 was 1 2.
              1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
              2 2 1 1 2

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