Ensure the existing 2000 DC with SP4
Add the 2003 server to the 2000 domain as a member server
Copy I386 folder from 2003 server CD to 2000 server
run (from that i386 folder) adprep /forestprep ( on the server which holding schema operations master ) and adprep /domainprep ( on the server which holding infrastructure master )
run DCPromo on the 2003 server to promote to DC
But check your 2000 AD with netdiag.exe, dcdiag.exe, and replmon.exe (all from the Support Tools) before you start. Unless you get an error free result from dcdiag as well as netdiag, you basically don't need to bother with the upgrade.
for your refernence giving you the usefull links below.
HOW TO: Use the Network Diagnostics Tool (Netdiag.exe) in Windows 2000
Do not install the Support Tools from your installation CD, some tools were updates by the Service Packs. Here's the current version:
Windows 2000 SP4 Support Tools
Cure netdiag or dcdiag errors with those:
10 DNS Errors That Will Kill Your Network
Frequently Asked Questions About Windows 2000 DNS and Windows Server 2003 DNS
Best practices for DNS client settings in Windows 2000 Server and in Windows Server 2003
Uninstall the Support Tools before upgrading; here's the 2003 SP1 version for after the upgrade:
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 32-bit Support Tools
Cannot Promote a Windows Server 2003 Domain Controller into a Windows 2000 Forest
Windows Server 2003 Help Files Contain Incorrect Information About How to Update a Windows 2000 Domain
Operations That Are Performed by the Adprep.exe Utility When You Add a Windows Server 2003 Domain Controller to a Windows 2000 Domain or Forest
Hotfixes to Install on Windows 2000 Domain Controllers Before Running Adprep /Forestprep
Windows Server 2003 adprep /forestprep Command Causes Mangled Attributes in Windows 2000 Forests That Contain Exchange 2000 Servers
Support WebCast: Microsoft Windows Server 2003: Upgrading Windows 2000 Domains to Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Deployment Kit
Designing and Deploying Directory and Security Services
Upgrading Windows 2000 Domains to Windows Server 2003 Domains
All the best...
Last Wiki Answer Submitted: May 8, 2008 10:44 am by Vlvpk790 pts.