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Poll: What levels are your domain controllers?

Windows Server 2008 R2 has been out for a while, and along with a new OS comes a new functional level of Active Directory. What functional level are you at for your AD infrastructure?

Windows Server 2008 R2 has been out for a while, and along with a new operating system comes a new functional level of Active Directory. For your Active Directory infrastructure, what functional level are you at now?

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Rick Vanover is a software strategy specialist for Veeam Software, based in Columbus, Ohio. Rick has years of IT experience and focuses on virtualization, Windows-based server administration, and system hardware.

20 comments
pGOTY
pGOTY

1 Physical 2008 R2 and 3 Virtual 2008 R2

J3
J3

Just upgraded to Win2K8 R2. We are upgrading our Exchange environment to Exchange Server 2010 from 2003.

Leonardo_C
Leonardo_C

At the moment, I have trust with a 2003R2 domain, so it's at 2003R2. Just swapped a server to 2008R2 and will be doing the 2003R2 domain this Friday. It will be raised to 2008R2 once the process is complete.

dlovep
dlovep

Why would you need to upgrade if the current system still up and running rock solid. Only see those add-on features doesnt motivate directors to spend "SOME" amounts, if Moneysoft cant convince you, nor will your directors. Only can see if new Servers coming in, otherwise forget it...

b4real
b4real

WS2K8 R2 for example has these new features for Active Directory: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-au/library/dd378796(WS.10).aspx

KeithTT
KeithTT

So what? I don't need them.

rickscr
rickscr

Its great 2008 R2 has all these wonderful enhancement but as an early adopter of 2008 server I feel ripped off that R2 comes out less than 1.5 yrs later and I have to pay big bucks to upgrade if I want them. Should have been a service pack as far as I'm concerned.

rhino777
rhino777

...which doesn't mean others don't need them.

dbush
dbush

Lol...ok, so don't go for it. Pulling up the list, the first thing is AD Recycle Bin. Enough convincing for me to start planning. And most other reputable shops in the business.

RBatten
RBatten

The international company I work for has a policy of only using well established and mature software. In fact, it is actually written down in our policy that we will not upgrade Microsoft OS/Server OS until at least SP1 has been released. We currently have 200+ DC's, all of which are Server 2003 R2. We are planning to start upgrading our DC's to Server 2008 R2 during the first quarter of 2011.

asics447
asics447

I am with you Mr. RBatten - you DO NOT upgrade for the sake of upgradeing - Wait for a service pack or two and get the major bugs worked out - then I will consider it If it is not broke dont fix it

_Mr_West_
_Mr_West_

WS 2k3 R2 for buth primary and backup DC. Why upgrade when what have have works? Maybe when the servers are rebuilt ..

jfuller05
jfuller05

Two DCs. First: W2008 Standard Second: W2008 R2 Standard

b4real
b4real

The OS and the functional level of the domain are two separate beasts.

rhino777
rhino777

Wooooooooooooooooooooo!

TheWizardOfOz
TheWizardOfOz

Yes, the good ole days, or so we like to think. When an OS still did few things, but did them well (well, mostly anyways). I'm personally quite fond of NT4 myself, but running that as a domain controller is not quite fashionable anymore :-)).

KeithTT
KeithTT

That's the point really, do you have the version you do because it's fashionable or is there something in your version you actually need? We run Win 2000 - it does the job for us.

KeithTT
KeithTT

Our Win2000 server has been running quite happily for around 8 years now. I don't bother installing updates on it at all - why possibly break something that works? So I don't care whether Microsoft issue updates or not.

Leonardo_C
Leonardo_C

I replace server OSs when the hardware needs replacing, my customer's w2k server was pretty old and they needed more beef for a new piece of software that uses SQL. With the new hardware, 2008R2. The wizards piss me off, sometimes, but the group policy features are AWESOME.

jamiepederson1
jamiepederson1

Windows 2000 will be end of life on July 13th; therefore the OS will no longer have windows update support.