Raising Functional Level

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Keith, May 4, 2005.

  1. Keith

    Keith Guest

    I am just about to raise the functional level of my 2000/2003 domain to 2000
    Native as I have no NT servers in my organisation.

    I have 2000 servers with Exchange and ISA 2000 on and 2003 servers with
    Exchange 2003 on.

    Is there any reason not to raise the level anyone can think of?
    Keith, May 4, 2005
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  2. In line...

    It is quite common misunderstanding that you should not have NT servers if
    you wish to raise functional level of your domain to Windows 2000 native
    mode. This is not true. You can have NT servers in your Windows 2000 native
    domain, however you can not have NT domain controllers.
    You can safely raise functional level to Windows 2000 native mode as long as
    you don't have NT domain controllers (you can have NT member servers).
    You will get benefits like Universal groups and remote access policies when
    you do that.
    Go for it.
    When you upgrade all your DC's to Win2003, you can raise domain level and
    forest level to Win 2003 mode.
    With domain in Win2003 mode you get benefit of Partial Attribute Set (PAS)
    replication and global catalogue caching.
    With forest in Win 2003 functional level, you can establish trusts between

    Dusko Savatovic
    Dusko Savatovic, May 4, 2005
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