Changing from Mixed to Native mode

Microsoft Windows server 2000 w/ sp2
November 11, 2009 at 06:00:24
Specs: Windows 2000 server, 1KB Ram
The 2000 server SP/4 is a domain controller, I also have a windows server 2003 as a member server in the domain. This server is an sql server. I have workstations running Win 2000, XP and Vista. I want to add a new server which will be a windows 2008 server. Eventually the 2008 server will become the domain controller.
The 2000 server is currently in operation in a live environment and will continue to be the domain controller for the next month. However, I want to start configuring the 2008 server. I have already prepared the forest on the 2000 server. However, in order for me to prepare the 2000 domain I have to change it from mixed mode to active mode. How will this affect my current network stability as the 2000 server is still in commission in a live environment? Will I have interuptions or any adverse effects on the network?

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#1
November 11, 2009 at 08:06:27
If you have no NT servers you can go to native mode anytime. Mixed mode is only for downward compatability.

You will want to read up on adprep before you want to add the 2008 server as a DC


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#2
November 11, 2009 at 08:10:29
Thank you very mush wanderer, but can I make the change of mode while users are connected to the 2000 server and working?

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#3
November 11, 2009 at 08:31:55
I have always done changes after hours so there isn't any production down time if something went haywire.

Since it is the only dc and appears only to be used for file services, not apps, I would say you should be fine updating during business hours since this change does not require a reboot.


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#4
November 11, 2009 at 09:15:47
Thank you

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#5
November 11, 2009 at 13:54:40
Glad to help Betty

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