Adding new 2003 R2 Domain controllers to existing Server 2003 domain

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Jim, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. Jim

    Jim Guest

    Hello, I have a Server 2003 domain and need to upgrade the hardware of 2 of
    my domain controllers. I thought this would be a good time to move to
    Server 2003 R2.

    I wanted to do a sanity check on the process and make sure there are no
    gotcha's that I've not yet read about.

    I've built the hardware and installed Server 2003 R2 and understand that the
    next step is to run the forest prep. I've got good tape backups of the
    domain controllers and individual system state backups of each as well.

    Would there be any other best practices that I should do from a disaster
    standpoint in case the forest prep goes south and I need to restore?

    Or is this upgrade so minor that I'm worrying too much?

    Any guidance would be appreciated.

    Jim, Feb 21, 2008
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  2. R2 is Win 2k3 SP2 with feature upgrades. You would run adprep on the schema
    master for your domain, then install the updated R2 features on the servers
    you want to use the updated features on by installing the second disk of the
    R2 set on those servers. If you are not going to use the updated features,
    there is no need to install the second disk. By only using the first disk
    you will have a Win 2k3 SP 2 server ready to go. At any point later you can
    add the R2 updated features on this server by running setup2 from the second
    disk of the R2 set.

    FYI I've never see anyone in these news groups that said the schema update
    went belly up. But good backups is a good Idea.

    Danny Sanders, Feb 21, 2008
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  3. Jim

    Jim Guest

    Danny, All my server are Server 2003 SP2 already so are you saying that I
    just have to run the second disk and then they are full R2 machines?

    One of the main reasons I want to have R2 is the ability to establish quotas
    on individual folders to limit the amount a user can put there.
    Can I just install the second disk on the member server that I want to have
    the quota's on and not upgrade the domain controllers to R2?


    Jim, Feb 21, 2008
  4. You will still need to run adprep on the schema master for your domain.
    After that if the server is Win 2k3 SP 2 all you need to do is run setup 2
    from the second disk of the R2 set to add the new features you want to use
    to the server you want to use the new features on.

    The schema master for your domain is on one of your DCs. This is the one you
    run adprep on. If you are going to only use the new features on member
    servers then you don't need to touch the DCs again.

    Danny Sanders, Feb 21, 2008
  5. Jim

    Baboon Guest

    I don't think this is going to be a problem, but one correction: W2K3 R2
    came out with SP1 slipstreamed, not SP2. That said, I imagine you can also
    buy W2K3 R2 with SP2 slipstreamed at this point.

    I am sure you can use disk 2 to install the R2 components on a SP2
    installation anyway. You do have the product key for R2, correct? You will
    be prompted if your server was installed from pre-R2 W2K3 media.
    Baboon, Feb 21, 2008
  6. I am sure you can use disk 2 to install the R2 components on a SP2
    Actually no you can't. If you have Win 2k SP1 R2 disks it can only be
    installed on a Win 2k3 server with SP 1.
    If you have Win 2k3 SP2 R2 disks you will have to install SP 2 on the server
    before it will work.

    Danny Sanders, Feb 21, 2008
  7. Jim

    Jim Guest

    No problem, as a volume license customer I have the original R2 disks as
    well as the R2 with SP2 versions but thanks for pointing that out.

    Jim, Feb 21, 2008
  8. Jim

    Baboon Guest

    OK, thanks. I haven't been in that scenario to this point.
    Baboon, Mar 10, 2008
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