Adding a 2003 Window server to a Window 2000 domain

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Hello, Thanks every so much for the help on SQL back-up, really appriciated. I wonder if anybody has carried out a task on their network, where the established domain is Windows 2000 and they have an application server which needs to join the domain but is a window 2003 server, what are the steps or precautions you should consider before undertaking such a task? Any information on this would be greatly received. Thanks once again, Garry

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If you are just adding a member server it’s no big deal. If you want to add a 2003 DC and have 2003 functionality then you would have to take some additional steps, but not for just a member server. Is this going to be a DC?

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No procedures are necesary at this point you can add the Windows 2003 server to the domain just as you would a regular PC.

When you feel you want to promote the server to a DC, this is what you do:
1. Update all of your Windows 2000 Domain Controllers to at least SP2.
2. Prep the forest and domain
a. Open command prompt and go to the i386 folder in the Server 2003 CD. Type: ADPREP /forestprep
b. Once the forest is prepped, type: ADPREP /domainprep
3. Promote the server to a DC. Run DCPROMO.

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    Hello there, Thanks for responding again Technochic, yes, simply, the task is adding a Windows 2003 server to an establish Windows 2000 domain, is there procedures to perform? At some point, we will upgrade to Windows 2003 on our DC. What additional steps should be taken? Thanks for you replies Technochic, really appriciated. Garry
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