My Domain controller is running on Server 2016. I have a new machine in my network which is running on Serer 2019. Can I add Server 2019 machine to the existing DC which is running on Server 2016?

Prasanth Gunnam 0 Reputation points
2023-02-01T05:09:14.2666667+00:00

My Domain controller is running on Server 2016. I have a new machine in my network which is running on Serer 2019. Can I add Server 2019 machine to the existing DC which is running on Server 2016?

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  1. Thameur-BOURBITA 28,861 Reputation points
    2023-02-01T07:28:40.28+00:00

    Hi @Prasanth Gunnam

    yes you can add a additional domain controller windows 2019 in a existing domain with domain controller under windows 2016

    take note ,to promote the first domain controller on windows 2019, the domain and forest function level must be windows 2008r2 or higher and the replication system for sysvol folder is DFSR.

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  2. Dave Patrick 426.1K Reputation points MVP
    2023-02-01T14:11:37.58+00:00

    The two prerequisites to introducing the first 2019 or 2022 domain controller are that domain functional level needs to be 2008 or higher and older sysvol FRS replication needs to have been migrated to DFSR

    I'd use dcdiag / repadmin tools to verify health correcting all errors found before starting any operations. Then stand up the new 2019 or 2022, patch it fully, license it, join existing domain, add active directory domain services, promote it also making it a GC (recommended), transfer FSMO roles over (optional), transfer pdc emulator role (optional), use dcdiag / repadmin tools to again verify health, when all is good you can decommission / demote old one.

    --please don't forget to upvote and Accept as answer if the reply is helpful--


  3. Daisy Zhou 17,091 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor
    2023-02-02T02:34:50.1266667+00:00

    Hello @Prasanth Gunnam,

    Thank you for posting in our Q&A forum.

    Based on the description, whether you can add a Windows 2019 server to the existing DC which is running on Server 2016? Or whether you can add a Windows 2019 Domain Controller to the existing DC which is running on Server 2016?

    If you mean it is a Windows 2019 server, of course, you can, because:
    Functional levels determine the available Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) domain or forest capabilities. They also determine which Windows Server operating systems you can run on domain controllers in the domain or forest. However, functional levels do not affect which operating systems you can run on workstations and member servers that are joined to the domain or forest.

    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/identity/ad-ds/active-directory-functional-levels

    If you mean it is a Windows 2019 Domain Controller, I hope the answers provided by the two persons above are helpful.

    If you have any question or concern, please feel free to let us know.

    Best Regards,

    Daisy Zhou

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