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    Changing Master controller

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    I am in the process of moving from 2003 to 2008. I have a 2003 server which is the master controller and I plan to switch a newer 2008 server to the master controller but I openly admit that I am quite weak on domains/ DNS etc so I am have some queries before doing so
    - In the mmc 'Active Directory Domains and trusts' there is an option in Operations Master to allow me to change - can it be really that straightforward?
    - Will I need to migrate Active Directory to the 2008 server once I would change?
    - What sorts of problems can I expect in doing this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fred54 View Post
    - In the mmc 'Active Directory Domains and trusts' there is an option in Operations Master to allow me to change - can it be really that straightforward?
    - Will I need to migrate Active Directory to the 2008 server once I would change?
    - What sorts of problems can I expect in doing this?

    Thanks
    Short answers:
    1) Yes, provided you've run adprep and your new 2008 DC is a global catalogue.
    2) No, you can stay at 2003 functional level if you need to
    3) It really depends on your environment. Known good backups build confidence

    Long answers:
    Read this on adprep: Windows Server 2008 ADPREP
    This on FSMO transfer (applies to 2008 too): Transferring FSMO Roles
    And this as a general checklist and ntp info: Upgrading an Active Directory Domain from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 - MWeber's Blog

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