|Subject:||Confusion between Mixed and Native Modes adding a Server 2003|
|Posted by:||SteveTheMusicMan (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Date:||Fri, 29 Aug 2008|
I just started a 6 month job at a company to do some Windows work for them.
The company has 4 Windows 2000 server machines with replicated Active
Directories. One 2000 server is the master AD and also is running Exchange
2000. My task is to bring up a new Windows 2003 server box and get AD on it.
Iâ€™m confused about the difference between Mixed and Native Modes with 2
As I said above there is an Active Directory instance on the exchange box
and 3 other Domain Controllers.
When I go into the Active Directory Users and Computers properties it says
â€œMixed mode (supports both Windows 2000 and pre-Windows 2000 domain
controllers)â€. However when I go into the actual Service Manager for exchange
on the same Exchange Server box the properties tell me the following: Native
Mode (no pre-Exchange 2000 servers).
Iâ€™m unsure what the difference is between the two modes in the two different
locations on the Exchange box. Does anyone have any clue of what I should do?
I want to bring all of them to Native Mode. Can I just upgrade all 4 of the
existing 2000 servers to Native mode in the AD properties? The reason I have
to do this is that I have to run the 2003 dcpromo.exe /forestprep on the old
Exchange AD to be able to promote the 2003 server to a Domain Controller.
I appreciate any help and direction you can give me.
Thanks in advance,