[ExchangeList] Re: OT: Active Directory

  • From: "John T (Lists)" <johnlist@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2006 00:08:16 -0700

On the 2 new servers, install Windows 2003 from the beginning. When you
promote them to domain controllers of an existing forest and domain, they
will go in as Windows 2000 domain level. (Make sure your existing domain
controllers are in 2000 native mode and completely up to date.) Once you
transfer all services and roles, you would then demote the old servers one
at a time and leave say 3-5 days if you have the time available and then
remove them from the domain and then shut them down. At that point, you
could then raise the active directory level from windows 2000 to Windows
2003 native.


John T

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-----Original Message-----
From: exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Svein Arild Haugum
Sent: Tuesday, April 04, 2006 11:58 PM
To: exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [ExchangeList] OT: Active Directory


This is not Exchange related, but I see there is a lot of Active Directory
skills here, so i give it shot. 

I have a single domain, 2 domain controllers, all windows 2000. The hardware
for the domain controllers are quite old, and are now running out of disk

I need to get to: 2 domain controllers on new hardware, and upgrade til
Windows 2003 as an option, not required. 

What im planning is this: Buy 2 new Windows 2000 servers, install/move
services like DHCP, DNS, WINS, Active Directory, FSMO, GC etc. And demote
the old servers. And then upgrade to Windows 2003 afterwards to not
complicate the moving process. 

I probably could install 2003 servers right away, and save me the upgrade,
but is it recommended to start moving FSMO across different operation system

Svein Arild 

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