Windows Server 2000 and Windows Server 2008 R2 on the same LAN

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I have a windows 2000 server and would like to add a test server on the same lan running windows 2008 R2. My plan is to move the application one at a time test them, then commint them to the new server. I only need one or two of the clients to log on to the test server and when done relog on to the main server. The clients are running XP. I am an oldtimer in the computer field but do not have a lot of experience with servers. If you "guys" can help me that will be great. Thanks in advance

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windows 2000 server, windows 2008 R2, windows xp
ASKED: September 13, 2011  7:32 PM
UPDATED: March 31, 2012  4:40 PM

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Yes you can run multiple servers on the same LAN, that is completely normal.

Just don’t run two DHCP servers and you’ll be fine. It sounds like this is just an application server where the users connect either via a web browser to a website on the server or via a fat client to a database on the server. Just show them how to connect from one to the other and make them understand which one is live and which one is for testing at the moment.

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  • saturno
    Hello, You don't refer if they belong to a Domain configuration or not. In the case they are in a Domain environment, you should prepare/extend the existing Active Directory schema to allow you to make that R2 belong to the same domain. You can do this by putting the 2nd W2k3 R2 CD in the existing W2k3 (FSMO) server and executing the command: cd cmpnentsR2ADPREP adprep /forestprep (use the version of Adprep that is on Windows Server 2003 R2 Disc 2, not the version of Adprep that is on Windows Server 2003 R2 Disc 1) In case they're not in a domain environment, you can skip this. HTH
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  • Oldman1939
    Thanks for your response.I do have a domain configuration and I was trying to join the new server to the same domain. That seemed to work, I could ping them both and that seemed ok, but I could not login from any of the clients. I think I needed to do what you sugested. I can not find the CD#2, can I get those programs from MS or off the net some place else. Thanks again
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  • Oldman1939
    Also I forget to mention that both of these servers are "x86" machines.
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  • Oldman1939
    Being a rookie I would like to clear up what you said so I don't mess it up. You want me to extend the forest on the old 2000 server then join the new server to that domain. Am I understanding you? Thanks oldman1943
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  • Oldman1939
    By the way you are giving me hope that I might get this working right.
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  • Denny Cherry
    If you are just making the new server a member of the existing domain, you don't need to make any changes to the domain using adprep. You only need to do that to make the new SQL 2008 server a domain controller within the domain.
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  • Oldman1939
    [...] 4. Check out Saturno’s approved answer on having Windows Server 2000 and Windows Server 2008 R2 on the same LAN. [...]
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