Here are the high level steps which you can use to upgrade the
Upgrade the schema using correct version of OS – Adprep
Note - Windows Server 2008 R2 includes a 32-bit version and a 64-bit version of Adprep.exe. The 64-bit version runs by default. If you want to run one of the Adprep.exe commands on a 32-bit computer, use the 32-bit version of Adprep.exe.
It is called Adprep32.exe. In Windows 2008 R2, it is located in the \Support\Adprep folder.
You can ignore the following message. However, if you are planning to install RODC later, you need perform ADPREP/RODCPREP
first. First Windows 2008 DC cannot be a Read Only Domain Controller (RODC).
Note - You can verify the schema version using dsquery * cn=schema,cn=configuration,dc=sivarajan,dc=com -scope base -attr objectVersion command. The following table lists the Active Directory Schema and the corresponding
***ObjectVersion 39 - Please refer
Install a new server with correct version of OS and join this server to the existing
Perform DCPRMO on this server and select Additional Domain Controller for an existing Domain option.
Beginning with Windows Server 2012, you can install AD DS using Windows PowerShell
the Install-ADDSDomainController command.
Note - If you are using Active Directory Integrated (ADI)
DNS, it will get replicated as part of the Active Directory replication.
If you are planning to decommission the old servers, you need transfer FSMO roles, DHCP
etc to the new server.
Note - You can identify the FSMO role DC information using
Netdom /Query FSMO command.
You can remove (demote) a domain controller using DCPROMO command and again, since WS2012 also possible with PowerShell.
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