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Adding a Windows 2003 server DC to a Windows 2000 Domain

By RAH1972 ·
Hi Everyone.

I'm having a nightmare of a time trying to promote a Windows 2003 Server to a DC in a windows 2000 Domain.

Eventually i want the 2003 Server to become the main DC and demote the 2000 server out of the DC role.

The problem I'm having is that the domainprerp and forestprep does not complet sucessfully on the 2000 server.

I should point out that there are 2 Windows 2000 servers taking on the DC roles from what I can see. (I didn't set these up originally - I seem to have inheritied them!!)

Any help/advice would be very very welcome!!

Thanks!

Rob

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Mixed Mode

by Wizard-09 In reply to Adding a Windows 2003 ser ...

Is your domain running on a mix mode domain?

Maybe the below information will be able to help you out.

The approach is basically correct (you can add the 2003 machine as member server before you run adprep, btw).
But check your 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.

HOW TO: Use the Network Diagnostics Tool (Netdiag.exe) in Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=321708

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
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/downloads/servicepacks/SP4/supporttools.asp

Cure netdiag or dcdiag errors with those:
10 DNS Errors That Will Kill Your Network
http://www.mstraining.com/misc/10_dns_errors_that_will_kill_you.htm

Frequently Asked Questions About Windows 2000 DNS and Windows Server 2003 DNS
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=2**382

Best practices for DNS client settings in Windows 2000 Server and in Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=825036

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
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6ec50b78-8be1-4e81-b3be-4e7ac4f0**2d&displaylang=en

Then some stuff to take care of before upgrading:
Common Mistakes When Upgrading a Windows 2000 Domain To a Windows 2003 Domain
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=555040

Cannot Promote a Windows Server 2003 Domain Controller into a Windows 2000 Forest
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=278875

Windows Server 2003 Help Files Contain Incorrect Information About How to Update a Windows 2000 Domain
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=821076

How to Upgrade Windows 2000 Domain Controllers to Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=325379

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
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=309628

Hotfixes to Install on Windows 2000 Domain Controllers Before Running Adprep /Forestprep
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=331161

Windows Server 2003 adprep /forestprep Command Causes Mangled Attributes in Windows 2000 Forests That Contain Exchange 2000 Servers
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=314649

Support WebCast: Microsoft Windows Server 2003: Upgrading Windows 2000 Domains to Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=812954

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Deployment Kit
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/all/deployguide/en-us/

Designing and Deploying Directory and Security Services
Upgrading Windows 2000 Domains to Windows Server 2003 Domains
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/all/deployguide/en-us/DSSBF_UPWN_OVERVIEW.asp

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Mixed Mode

by RAH1972 In reply to Mixed Mode

Yes the domain is running with a mixed mode.

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Ok

by Wizard-09 In reply to Mixed Mode

Then take a look at the links I posted this will resolve your issue, have you added the server to the domain as a member server before running the server to be a DC?

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Yes

by RAH1972 In reply to Ok

I added the Server to the Domain as a member server.

Everything appears fine on that front.
when I tried to promote it the DC status i was told that i needed to prepare the domain & forest for this upgrade.

I ran domainprep & forestprep and this is when I ran into to wall.

from the netdiag log I got the following:

IpConfig results . . . . . : Failed
Pinging the Primary WINS server - not reachable

WINS service test. . . . . : Failed
The test failed. We were unable to query the WINS server


Any ideas?

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OK

by Wizard-09 In reply to Yes

Wins, are you even using a wins server, have you got the right DNS settings, this maybe down to a DNS issue, have you tried to configure host files on the servers to see if this will work, google LMhost files see it thats helps you out.

Edit IpConfig results . . . . . : Failed
Pinging the Primary WINS server - not reachable

Seems like you are not getting an IP address just a thought how many NICS you running on this server if 2 disable the one you are not using and try it again.

WINS service test. . . . . : Failed
The test failed. We were unable to query the WINS server

Maybe failing because you have not IP, or you have problems with your DNS as above.

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