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    Raise domain functional level

    I have just removed our old 2003 server and only have 1 2008r2 server (primary school).

    My next step would be to raise the functional level. It has been a while since I last did this.

    is it still the same as 2003? or do I need to do anything else?

    To raise the domain functional level


    • Open Active Directory Domains and Trusts.
    • In the console tree, right-click the domain for which you want to raise functionality, and then click Raise Domain Functional Level.
    • In Select an available domain functional level, do one of the following:

      • To raise domain functional level to Windows Server 2003, click Windows Server 2003, and then click
    To raise the forest functional level


    • Open Active Directory Domains and Trusts.
    • In the console tree, right-click the Active Directory Domains and Trusts node, and then click Raise Forest Functional Level.
    • In Select an available forest functional level, click Windows Server 2003, and then click Raise.

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    That's the ticket.

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    Yep it is the same, but your Domain Functional Level will have to be at least 2003 (to have 2003 and 2008 domain controllers). There's hardly any changes/difference increasing it to 2008. There are a lot of differences between 2000 and 2003 however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    There's hardly any changes/difference increasing it to 2008.
    They're good changes, though

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    Apparently this is what it adds:

    •Fine-grained password policies – Allows multiple password polices to be applied to different users in the same domain.
    •Read-Only Domain Controllers – Allows implementation of domain controllers that only host read-only copy of NTDS database.
    •Advanced Encryption Services – (AES 128 and 256) support for the Kerberos protocol.
    •Granular auditing – Allows history of object changes in Active Directory.
    •Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) – Allows SYSVOL to replicate using DFSR instead of older File Replication Service (FRS). It provides more robust and detailed replication of SYSVOL contents.
    •Last Interactive Logon Information – Displays the time of the last successful interactive logon for a user, from what workstation, and the number of failed logon attempts since the last logon.

    Taken from here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Apparently this is what it adds:

    •Fine-grained password policies – Allows multiple password polices to be applied to different users in the same domain.
    •Read-Only Domain Controllers – Allows implementation of domain controllers that only host read-only copy of NTDS database.
    •Advanced Encryption Services – (AES 128 and 256) support for the Kerberos protocol.
    •Granular auditing – Allows history of object changes in Active Directory.
    •Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) – Allows SYSVOL to replicate using DFSR instead of older File Replication Service (FRS). It provides more robust and detailed replication of SYSVOL contents.
    •Last Interactive Logon Information – Displays the time of the last successful interactive logon for a user, from what workstation, and the number of failed logon attempts since the last logon.

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    Not sure if that was an agreement, or not, but yeah...! Fine grained passwords are a Godsend (And years overdue) and DFSR is better than FRS.

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    Oh yes, I agree it is an improvement! I've not had time to play with these new features however!

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