Complete the Upgrade

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

Complete the following tasks to finalize the process:

  • Review, update, and document the domain architecture to reflect any changes that you made during the domain upgrade process.

  • Verify that the NETLOGON and SYSVOL shared folders exist and that the File Replication Service (FRS) or Distributed File Service (DFS) Replication is functioning without error by checking Event Viewer.

  • Verify that Group Policy is being applied successfully by checking the application log in Event Viewer for Event ID 1704.

  • Verify that all service (SRV), alias (CNAME), and host (A) resource records have been registered in Domain Name System (DNS).

  • Verify Windows Firewall status.


Although the default behavior for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is that Windows Firewall is turned on, if you upgrade a Windows Server 2003 computer that had Windows Firewall turned off, the firewall will remain off after the upgrade unless you turn it on using the Windows Firewall control panel.

  • Continuously monitor your domain controllers and Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). Using a monitoring solution (such as Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM)) to monitor distributed Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS)—and the services that it relies on—helps maintain consistent directory data and a consistent level of service throughout the forest.

After these tasks have been completed successfully, you will have completed the in-place upgrade process.