Raise Domain Functional Level from 2012 to 2016 with Client running windows 2008 R2 and SQL 2012

Adonis Nzuka 1 Reputation point


What is the Impact of Upgrading the Domain or Forest Functional Level from (2008R2 to 2016) on client (pc's and servers) , note that our clients are: windows server 2008 r2 , windows 10, windows server 2016 and we also have SQL 2012.

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  1. Thameur-BOURBITA 32,606 Reputation points


    There is no impact. The domain and forest functional level impact only domain controllers. it let you the minimum OS verion allowed for domain controllers and active new feature like recycle bin in Windows 2008 R2 , Protected Users in Windows 2012 R2, and Privileged Access Management in Windows 2016.

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  2. Dave Patrick 426.2K Reputation points MVP

    Should be no problem or impact assuming all your domain controllers are 2016 or higher operating system.

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