2K8 can view the .admx GP settings, so should give you the functionality you need. I would always recommend going to 2K8 R2 if possible though. BTW, don't compare 2008 'standard' and R2 - R2 is not a different version of the same OS, it's a new OS altogether. It's not as similar as 2K3 and 2K3 R2.
am i right in saying that the forest/domain functional level only affects the domain controllers? Should i be able to put the domain level upto 2008 server after i have upgraded both dcs? I wont have any problme with the rest of the member servers being 2003 will i?
As far as domain controllers go, you would gain the Active Directory recycle bin, native PowerShell cmdlets for Active Directory (native as opposed to the ones by 3rd party Quest) and some other things that may not justify a rebuild - or the expense of acquiring brand new 64 bit hardware (see below). If you've been managing AD on W2K3 without PS all this time, I rather doubt using it now is crucial.
Second, do you know if the servers you want to upgrade are in fact 64 bit compatible? Some members have mentioned how they've got W2K8 to run on servers that are quite old. Some older servers may not be able to run a 64 bit OS to start with.
jjohnsoncantell (4th March 2011)
Ensure that you don't have applications that reply on Windows 2003 DC, like Exchange 2003/2000, Blackberry and OCS 2007 R2.
We now have a 64bit 2008 running with a 32bit 2008 hyper-v for the print server.
We took a copy of the main server onto a machine from our shop with vmware and copied everything from that across to the new one. This was helpful in that we could have an untouched copy of the server before any changes, then took incremental snapshots as we made changes.
Sorry guys, been on holiday... Thanks for the replies.. How did it go wrong llama? i want to keep the same name too, what is the best way to go about the renaming?
Guys, forgive me for being thicker than the offspring of a village idiot and a tv weather girl (to quote red warf) but should i be able to to add a 2008 r2 server as a member server to my 2003 domain without having to upgrade the schema? I will not be running it as a dc it will be strictly sql sims server only.
You will need to update the schema (if you've never had a 2008 R2 server before), you won't need to upgrade the functional level. Upgrading the schema is very easy and painless - why not do it?
Edit: didn't read post properly! No, if it's not a DC you don't need to touch the schema.
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this looks like the one, this Petri site is full of good stuff
Rename Windows Server 2008 Domain Controllers
hope thats some help there!
I did my DC's to 2008 the other day, there is a really good MS whitepaper on it, which when i get in to the office i will find and link post the link. It was remarkably painless, although in our case i had 3x 2003 DC's (1 of them 64bit) and a spare(?) server. The 32Bit servers were DNS & DHCP and one of them also runs the backup software. In order to get everything to work properly i also needed to get the new servers onto the IP's of the old servers ... Oh and i did it on a live network, although it was half term we still had approx 100 staff in.
The process we followed was
Install spare server as 2008 R2
Perform the AD schema updates (used the 32 bit version from the r2 CD and ran it on the existing server holding Schema Master FSMO role)
Wait for AD to Replicate
DCPromo on the new server
In place upgrade on the 64Bit 2003 DC
Install DNS both 2008
Point Pri DNS on the 4 DC's to OLDDC02
Change IP of OLDDC01, do ipconfig /registerDNS and stop/start NETLOGON service
Change IP of NEWDC01 do ipconfig/registerdns and stop/start NETLOGON service
Move FSMO roles to NEWDC01
Change Pri DNS of 3x DC's to NEWDC01
Install DHCP on NEWDC02
do netsh DHCP Server Export all <filename> on OLDDC02
stop DHCP on OLDDC02
Change IP of OLDDC02 run ipconfig/registerdns and stop/start netlogon service
Change IP of NEWDC02 run ipconfig /registerdns and stop/start netlogon service
do netsh DHCP Server import all <filename> on NEWDC02
The only pain i had was that somehow one of the new DC's managed to get DNS forwarders that didn't work, causing some problems with delivering outbound email. and i had to install WINS again for some shortnames to work.
Had a good time thanks llama. How do you give a server a second name? never done that or even realised it was possible.. Thanks for the walkthrough skreem, it will be most heklpful when i do this next week.
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