Checklist: Deploying AD DS in a Windows Server 2003 Organization

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

This parent checklist includes cross-reference links to important concepts about deploying Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in a Windows Server 2003 organization. It also contains links to subordinate checklists that will help you complete the tasks that are required by this deployment strategy.


Complete the tasks in this checklist in order. When a reference link takes you to a conceptual topic or to subordinate checklist, return to this topic after you review the conceptual topic or complete the tasks in the subordinate checklist so that you can proceed with the remaining tasks in this checklist.

  Task Reference

Design the AD DS logical structure.

Designing the Logical Structure for Windows Server 2008 AD DS

Design the AD DS site topology.

Designing the Site Topology for Windows Server 2008 AD DS

  • Run Adprep.

  • Upgrade Windows Server 2003 domain controllers.

  • Introduce Windows Server 2008 domain controllers into the forest root domain or regional domains.

Upgrading Active Directory Domains to Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 AD DS Domains

Enable Windows Server 2008 advanced features.

Enabling Advanced Features for AD DS