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  • Which Forest Level to raise to?

    Hi,

    I am adding an Additional domain controller with Windows Server STD 2008R2.
    For this I need to raise my Domain Functional Level.
    Currently I am in 2000 Mixed mode, and I have 2 options to raise to:

    1) Windows 2000 Native
    2) Windows Server 2003

    So which should I select, I need to have the domain on 2008 servers, and then demote the old 2003 server, by promoting the 2008 server, and taking th FSMO of the old AD.

    If I take the first option, can I still raise to further "Windows Server 2003", as this step is irreversible.

    Please guide.

  • #2
    Re: Which Forest Level to raise to?

    Raise as high as possible (2003 mode) if no older DCs

    What DCs do you have, and what OSes?
    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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    • #3
      Re: Which Forest Level to raise to?

      We have all 2003 servers, and DC is also 2003, but the DFL/FFL is on 2000 mixed.

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      • #4
        Re: Which Forest Level to raise to?

        Raise to 2003 native then
        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

        ** Remember to give credit where credit is due and leave reputation points where appropriate **

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