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2008 Server Standard to 2003 native domain [message #156431] Tue, 16 June 2009 19:16 Go to next message
Troy D  is currently offline Troy D
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Hello everyone,

Do I need to extend the schema if I just want to add a 2008 server to a 2003
native level domain and forest? This server is going to just be a file
server. Also, we will be replacing a domain controller (which holds no FSMO
roles) with a new 2008 server, what are the steps ensuring we do not run into
any problems. Also do the group policies work for 2008 servers in 2003
native mode? Thanks in advance.

-troy
Re: 2008 Server Standard to 2003 native domain [message #156436 is a reply to message #156431] Tue, 16 June 2009 23:39 Go to previous messageGo to next message
aceman  is currently offline aceman  United States
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"Troy D" <TroyD@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:A05EF1DF-4D26-44C3-B3AF-0518C3F9D96C@microsoft.com...
> Hello everyone,
>
> Do I need to extend the schema if I just want to add a 2008 server to a
> 2003
> native level domain and forest? This server is going to just be a file
> server. Also, we will be replacing a domain controller (which holds no
> FSMO
> roles) with a new 2008 server, what are the steps ensuring we do not run
> into
> any problems. Also do the group policies work for 2008 servers in 2003
> native mode? Thanks in advance.
>
> -troy


If you will be promoting the 2008 server to a domain controller, absolutely.
If not, no.

Functional modes dictate features for communications between servers
regarding replication, and don't affect GPOs.

However, there are differences in Group Policies that you may want to update
your 2003 DCs as well as XP machines to support them. Read the following for
more information:

Information about new Group Policy preferences in Windows Server 2008Updated
versions of the new Windows Server 2008 Group Policy preferences client-side
extensions for Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP can be downloaded by ...
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/943729 - Similar

Changes in Windows 2008 Group Policy vs Windows 2003 Group PolicyApr 6, 2009
.... Windows 2008 has been out for a bit now and one of the things I don't
think people realize is that there are differences bewteen Windows ...
http://www.dabcc.com/article.aspx?id=10461

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Re: 2008 Server Standard to 2003 native domain [message #156440 is a reply to message #156431] Wed, 17 June 2009 02:39 Go to previous message
meiweb(nospam)  is currently offline meiweb(nospam)  Germany
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Hello Troy,

Installing a 2008 member server doesn't need the schema update, installing
a 2008 DC requires it. GPOs are not effected within the functional levels.
But to configure GPOs for 2008 you have to do it from a Vista or 2008 machine.

Best regards

Meinolf Weber
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> Hello everyone,
>
> Do I need to extend the schema if I just want to add a 2008 server to
> a 2003 native level domain and forest? This server is going to just
> be a file server. Also, we will be replacing a domain controller
> (which holds no FSMO roles) with a new 2008 server, what are the steps
> ensuring we do not run into any problems. Also do the group policies
> work for 2008 servers in 2003 native mode? Thanks in advance.
>
> -troy
>
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