Introducing a WIN2008 Domain Controller/GC into an existing 2003AD with Exchange 2007 Server SP1

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by Cary Shultz, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. Cary Shultz

    Cary Shultz Guest

    Good morning!

    Okay, subject line says it all......

    Have an existing WIN2003 SP2 AD environment with multiple AD Sites (DC/GC in
    each Site). At the "main Site" there is currently only one Domain
    Controller. Additionally, in that 'main site', we have Exchange Server 2007
    SP1 installed on a member server (WIN2003 SP2). This is the only Exchange
    Server in the environment (and will most likely stay that way for a good
    long while).

    Client is going to be purchasing a new server in a month or so and I guess
    the decision is to install WIN2008. This new server will be a dedicated
    Domain Controller / GC / DNS Server and will be running 64-bit OS.

    Are there any problems introducing this server into the existing
    environment? I have not looked at the AD side of things...I am sure that I
    will have to extend the schema, as usual (among other things). I am more
    asking from an Exchange 2007 side!


    Cary Shultz, Oct 8, 2008
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  2. Shouldn't have any impact on Exchange. Will have an impact on options
    within AD once you move to 2008 though. I would caution you though, that
    3rd party vendor support is woefully behind so make sure you have tested out
    your AV, Backup and Patch Management solution in test before you push
    forward in production.

    Best of luck.
    Paul Bergson [MVP-DS], Oct 8, 2008
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    Jorge Silva Guest

    Adding to what others said; check your backup platform for compatibility
    issues with 2008 and apps.

    I hope that the information above helps you.
    Have a Nice day.

    Jorge Silva
    MCSE, MVP Directory Services

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    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Jorge Silva, Oct 8, 2008
  4. Cary Shultz

    Jacob_Kreed Guest

    Windows 2008 , you should hold off for at least 6 months especially with
    Exchange Server. If 2008 is Vista with word Server attached I wouldnt even
    think about it
    Jacob_Kreed, Oct 8, 2008
  5. Jorge de Almeida Pinto [MVP - DS], Oct 8, 2008
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