Windows Server 2003 end of lifetime coming soon


As you may heard, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 extended support is ending this year. Exact date is 14.07.2015 !!!

Windows Server 2003 end of support

Windows Server 2003 end of support

You may confirm this information at this site Microsoft Support Lifecycle

If you are surprised reading this note that means you should act quickly. After this date if you still want to have server system updates, you need to pay a lot of money to the company from Redmond.

I think it’s better to replace the old infrastructure with the new one. Especially Domain Controllers.

If you still are using Windows Server 2003 DCs you can start replacing them with newer operating system versions. Below you will find a list of articles which are helpful during this process.

Installing first Domain Controller with newer operating system

  1. Adding first Windows Server 2008 R2 Domain Controller within Windows 2003 network
  2. Adding first Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller within Windows 2003/2008/2008R2 network
  3. Adding first Windows Server 2012 R2 Domain Controller within Windows 2003/2008/2008R2/2012 network

Installing additional Domain Controllers

  1. Adding additional Windows Server 2008R2 Domain Controller
  2. Adding additional Domain Controller (Windows Server 2012)
  3. Adding additional Domain Controller (Windows Server 2012 R2)

Transferring FSMO roles to the new Domain Controller(s)

  1. Transferring FSMO roles from GUI
  2. Transferring FSMO roles from command-line
  3. Transferring FSMO roles with PowerShell

Advertising new time server

  1. Advertising new time server in domain environment

Decommissioning Windows Server 2003 Domain Controller(s)

  1. Decommissioning the old Domain Controller

Raising Domain and Forest functional levels

  1. Raising Domain Functional Level
  2. Raising Forest Functional Level

Setting domain password policy

  1. Domain Password Policy
  2. Setting default domain password policy
  3. Fine-Grained Password Policy in Windows Server 2008/2008R2
  4. Fine-Grained Password Policy in Windows Server 2012/2012R2

Enabling Active Directory Recycle Bin

  1. Active Directory Recycle Bin

Remote Domain Controller promotion

  1. Remote Domain Controller promotion

In case of issues you might find those articles useful:

  1. Decommissioning broken Domain Controller
  2. Seizing FSMO Roles
  3. Seizing FSMO roles with PowerShell
  4. Metadata cleanup for broken Domain Controller
  5. Metadata cleanup over GUI
  6. Re-registering time services
  7. Non-authoritative SYSVOL restore (FRS)
  8. Authoritative SYSVOL restore (FRS)
  9. Active Directory troubleshooting tools

I hope you would be able successfullt replace Windows Server 2003 Domain Controllers with newer operating systems.

Author: Krzysztof Pytko


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