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    My Domain has 2 DC,

    Old PDC is Windows 2008 Server Std. and the 2nd DC with Windows Server 2008 R2 Std just Deliver on site.

    My Problem is:

    1. Some New Windows 7 Pro workstation is just Deploy in my domain, I know my old PDC can’t Handle the “GPO” for Win7, so do I need to promote the 2008 R2 to PDC?

    2. If I promote the Win 2008 Server R2 to PDC with the old 2008 std server as AD redundancy, is it possible? Or the old 2008 std server still can’t do that role (Manage Win7 GPO)?

    3. Can I ungrade the old PDC Win 2008 Server std to Win 2008 Server R2 with the “Old License” or I need to buy a New Win 2008 Server R2 License for it?

    Thank you.


    Your older DC can handle Win7 (or any other) GPO provided you import the correct ADMX templates or install the GPO Management Console and Editor on a machine with the correct OS installed. Having said that, 2008 is very old – Vista generation – so may be best to upgrade.

    You can mix generations of DC provided you do not try to raise the functional levels

    2008R2 is a different license to 2008

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