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Add new domain controller to domain with 2003 and 2008 domain controller

    Question

  • Hi every one,
    I need your help to know about the license of operation system can be used for my new domain controller.

    My team manage a domain with domain controller 2003 and 2008.

    We are looking to add new domain controller, so can we install it under Windows 2016 or we should us windows 2012 R2?

    Monday, December 12, 2016 11:31 PM

Answers

  • Hi,
    To install the first domain controller 2016 or 2012R2 in your domain, the domain and forest functional level must be 2003 or higher.

    If you install domain controller under windows 2016 , in a domain with domain and forest functional level 2003 , a alert will appear after the prerequisite check, to inform you that you should upgrade the forest functional level to 2008 or higher and replace FRS by DFS-R for sysvol replication.

    Concerning  your old domain controllers, I remind you that Windows 2003 is not supported by microsoft, so you should replaced it by new operating system as soon as possible.

    • Proposed as answer by Todd Heron Tuesday, December 13, 2016 2:49 AM
    • Marked as answer by CRIS-IT Tuesday, December 13, 2016 11:32 AM
    Tuesday, December 13, 2016 12:08 AM

All replies

  • Hi,
    To install the first domain controller 2016 or 2012R2 in your domain, the domain and forest functional level must be 2003 or higher.

    If you install domain controller under windows 2016 , in a domain with domain and forest functional level 2003 , a alert will appear after the prerequisite check, to inform you that you should upgrade the forest functional level to 2008 or higher and replace FRS by DFS-R for sysvol replication.

    Concerning  your old domain controllers, I remind you that Windows 2003 is not supported by microsoft, so you should replaced it by new operating system as soon as possible.

    • Proposed as answer by Todd Heron Tuesday, December 13, 2016 2:49 AM
    • Marked as answer by CRIS-IT Tuesday, December 13, 2016 11:32 AM
    Tuesday, December 13, 2016 12:08 AM
  • Hi,

    We have planned the decommision Windows 2003 before the end of year.


    Thank you very muck.

    Tuesday, December 13, 2016 11:31 AM