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Windows 2008 member server

    Question

  • Hi

    I'm currently investigating Windows 2008 Server Standard Edition. What I would like to know is can this be installed onto a clean server in a Windows 2003 AD enviroment.

    What I would like to know is this. Do we have to have a Windows 2008 DC first, or can Windows 2008 just be a member server, without wanting to take over.

    Thanks

    Dave 
    Tuesday, July 22, 2008 1:42 AM

Answers

  •  

    Hi,

     

    As Sander said, you can add Windows Server 2008 to your Windows Server 2003 domain as a member server. If you want to promote Windows Server 2008 as an additional DC, please refer to the following steps:

     

    1. Verify the new server's TCP/IP configuration has been pointed to the current DNS server.

     

    2. Make the new server become a member server of the current Windows Server 2003 domain first.

     

    3. Upgrade the Windows Server 2003 forest schema to Windows Server 2008 schema with the "adprep /forestprep" command on old server.

     

    Please run the "adprep.exe /forestprep" command from the Windows Server 2008 installation CD on the schema master. For example:

     

    Drive:\CMPNENTS\R2\ADPREP\adprep.exe /forestprep

     

    4. Upgrade the Windows 2003 domain schema with the "adprep /domainprep" command on old server.

     

    Drive:\CMPNENTS\R2\ADPREP\adprep.exe /domainprep

     

    5. Run "dcpromo" on new server to promote it as an additional domain controller in existing Windows 2003 domain, afterwards you may verify the installation of Active Directory.

     

    6. Verify the new server's TCP/IP configuration has been pointed to current DNS server.

     

    7. Insert Windows Server 2008 Installation Disc in the new server.

     

    8. Run "dcpromo" on new server to promote it as an additional domain controller in existing Windows 2003 domain.

     

    9. Install DNS component on new server and configure it as a new DNS Server (Active Directory Integrated-Zone is preferred). All the DNS configuration should be replicated to the new DNS server with Active Directory Replication.

     

    After doing these, we can promote a server with windows server 2008 as a additional DC of the current Windows serve 2003 domain.

     

    More information:

    ================

     

    The following article will give the Top 11 Reasons to use Windows Server 2008:

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/why-upgrade.aspx

     

     

    Hope this helps.

     

    Tuesday, July 22, 2008 9:19 AM
  • Yes,
    Ýou can add Windows Server 2008 to your Windows Server 2003 domain as a member server without problems.
    Note however:
        
    • Some Group Policy settings are only applicable when set from Windows Vista SP1 / Windows Server 2008;
    • Adding Windows Server 2008 as a (Read Only) Domain Controller requires some steps.
    Tuesday, July 22, 2008 7:01 AM

All replies

  • Yes,
    Ýou can add Windows Server 2008 to your Windows Server 2003 domain as a member server without problems.
    Note however:
        
    • Some Group Policy settings are only applicable when set from Windows Vista SP1 / Windows Server 2008;
    • Adding Windows Server 2008 as a (Read Only) Domain Controller requires some steps.
    Tuesday, July 22, 2008 7:01 AM
  •  

    Hi,

     

    As Sander said, you can add Windows Server 2008 to your Windows Server 2003 domain as a member server. If you want to promote Windows Server 2008 as an additional DC, please refer to the following steps:

     

    1. Verify the new server's TCP/IP configuration has been pointed to the current DNS server.

     

    2. Make the new server become a member server of the current Windows Server 2003 domain first.

     

    3. Upgrade the Windows Server 2003 forest schema to Windows Server 2008 schema with the "adprep /forestprep" command on old server.

     

    Please run the "adprep.exe /forestprep" command from the Windows Server 2008 installation CD on the schema master. For example:

     

    Drive:\CMPNENTS\R2\ADPREP\adprep.exe /forestprep

     

    4. Upgrade the Windows 2003 domain schema with the "adprep /domainprep" command on old server.

     

    Drive:\CMPNENTS\R2\ADPREP\adprep.exe /domainprep

     

    5. Run "dcpromo" on new server to promote it as an additional domain controller in existing Windows 2003 domain, afterwards you may verify the installation of Active Directory.

     

    6. Verify the new server's TCP/IP configuration has been pointed to current DNS server.

     

    7. Insert Windows Server 2008 Installation Disc in the new server.

     

    8. Run "dcpromo" on new server to promote it as an additional domain controller in existing Windows 2003 domain.

     

    9. Install DNS component on new server and configure it as a new DNS Server (Active Directory Integrated-Zone is preferred). All the DNS configuration should be replicated to the new DNS server with Active Directory Replication.

     

    After doing these, we can promote a server with windows server 2008 as a additional DC of the current Windows serve 2003 domain.

     

    More information:

    ================

     

    The following article will give the Top 11 Reasons to use Windows Server 2008:

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/why-upgrade.aspx

     

     

    Hope this helps.

     

    Tuesday, July 22, 2008 9:19 AM