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Raising the Domain Functional Level

By russellrl2 ·
My original network was NT 4.0 and I migrated it to Windows 2000. I eventually moved to native mode. Presently I have Windows 2003 and Windows 2000 servers. I have narrowed down my domain controllers to 3 Windows 2003 and 1 Windows 2000 server. I want to remove the Windows 2000 server (which is listed as the PDC) and raise the domain functional level. I have the global catlogue on other domain controllers. Is there any problems I should anticipate when I demote the Windows 2000 domain controller.

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by CG IT In reply to Raising the Domain Functi ...

you shouldn't have any problems provided that you move the PDC Emulator role to another server and all other roles and services that run on that server are moved to other servers.

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by russellrl2 In reply to

Thanks for the heads up. The moving of the role went smoothly.

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It should go smoothly but....

by mbadmin In reply to Raising the Domain Functi ...

Russell: I had the exact same situation. The only problem I ran into was that I forgot to change my DNS settings and my clients(WinXP) took a long time to long in. Make sure you reset your DNS and that it does not point to the demoted Win2000 server. Once you do that you can also raise the functional level to Win2003 server. Every is now running slightly faster than the "mixed mode" I was in.

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