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    I want them all to match in the end
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    Microsofts advice is to create a new 2008 server then upgrade the old PDC DC to 2008 as well. Seems a bit risky to me.

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    This is what i did. I installed 2008 on my new dc and then upgraded all the schemas and made the new server the pdc. Server 2008 is a very good program, a lot better than 2003 in a lot of ways. From doing this upgrade i had no problems what so ever and my next step is to remove the old 2003 dc's all together and add another 2008 dc.

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    Did you manage to view the step by step guides. I managed to view the first one but then it said that i have to subscribe to watch the rest of them.

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    on the issue of downtime,

    check you haven't got a stupidly large sysvol, because you won't experience downtime but if it takes a while for the sysvol to replicate you will get login problems due group policies not being available if the client resolves that DC for the sysvol.

    we had it where when i started at my current place where all the profiles had been placed in the sysvol, i put a new DC in and it took the whole day to replicate the sysvol. they were using redirected desktops which where in the sysvol as well.

    the kiddies ended up with the wrong startmenus, desktops. staff had no roaming profiles.

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    I'm looking to put a 2008 r2 dc 64bit server into a 2003 r2 32bit forest, I'm still keeping the 2003 r2 domain as the PDC. Do I still do the above steps, even though I m staying at 2003 r2 level? no problem with forest prep is 32/64 bit system? DO I get to play with things like gpp when forest /prep done or do I have to wait till I bring all dc servers up to 2008 r2 level?

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    To double check

    I'm looking to put a 2008 r2 dc 64bit server into a 2003 r2 32bit forest, I'm still keeping the 2003 r2 domain as the PDC. Do I still do the above steps, even though I m staying at 2003 r2 level? no problem with forest prep is 32/64 bit system? DO I get to play with things like gpp when forest /prep done or do I have to wait till I bring all dc servers up to 2008 r2 level?

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    Quote Originally Posted by irsprint View Post
    I'm looking to put a 2008 r2 dc 64bit server into a 2003 r2 32bit forest, I'm still keeping the 2003 r2 domain as the PDC. Do I still do the above steps, even though I m staying at 2003 r2 level? no problem with forest prep is 32/64 bit system? DO I get to play with things like gpp when forest /prep done or do I have to wait till I bring all dc servers up to 2008 r2 level?
    afaik you don't even need a 2008 dc for GPP, all you need is 2008 member server and the GPP/GPMC mmc tools installed.

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    afaik you don't even need a 2008 dc for GPP, all you need is 2008 member server and the GPP/GPMC mmc tools installed
    Or a Vista/Win7 box which will update the ADMs on the server. If you have a 2008 R2 DC in the forest then you should be ok.

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    Thanks for the info, but can I still add 2008 r2 64bit dc while staying in win 2k3 r2 32bit just using forest /prep?

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    I'm not 100% sure with 2008 R2 but you can mix 2003 and 2008 x64 and x32 bit DC's in a domain but you have to run forest prep to the highest DC level. So if you want a 2008 DC in a 2003 domain you would have to run forestprep to update the schema to 2008. The same should apply to 2008 R2.

    Take a look at this link it should answer your questions.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...27(WS.10).aspx


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    Starting with Windows Server 2008 R2 however, Microsoft will only release Windows Server in a 64bit form. When you want to transition your 32bit Domain Controllers to Windows Server 208 R2, you need to first introduce a 64bit Domain Controller (Windows Server 2003 x64 or Windows Server 2008), seize the appropriate Flexible Single Master Operations (FSMO) Roles and prepare for Windows Server 2008 R2 Domain Controllers on this server
    http://blogs.dirteam.com/blogs/sande...directory.aspx



    Before you do this i'd search these forums I think quite a few 2008 R2 early adoptors have come accross a few issues.
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    I was going to install our newest server in as a 2008 (DC) in our 2003 domain, until I realised that basically meant I had to buy every single device CAL again, as all PCs would access the server and only currently have 2003 CALS!

    So its a all or nothing upgrade to 2008 for me, whenever the money is available! Probably will never happen with BSF looming..

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldenWonder View Post
    I was going to install our newest server in as a 2008 (DC) in our 2003 domain, until I realised that basically meant I had to buy every single device CAL again, as all PCs would access the server and only currently have 2003 CALS!

    So its a all or nothing upgrade to 2008 for me, whenever the money is available! Probably will never happen with BSF looming..
    Take it your not on schools agreement then?

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    Take it your not on schools agreement then?
    I was thinking the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldenWonder View Post
    Probably will never happen with BSF looming..
    excuse me for being a 'tard whats BSF?

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