Windows Server 2003 Help Files Contain Incorrect Information About How to Update a Windows 2000 Domain

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Summary
This article describes a documentation error in the Windows Server 2003 Help files.
More information
The "Prepare for upgrades in a domain containing Windows 2000 domain controllers" topic in Windows Server 2003 Help contains incorrect information about how to upgrade a Microsoft Windows 2000 domain to a Windows Server 2003 domain. This topic recommends that you disconnect the schema operation master when you run the Adprep /forestprep command. However, this recommendation is incorrect. You do not disconnect the schema operation master when you run the Adprep /forestprep command.

To locate this topic in Windows Server 2003 Help, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click Help and Support.
  2. Under Help Contents, click Getting Started.
  3. Click Installing and Upgrading the Operating System.
  4. To the right of the "For help with specific tasks" topic, click How To.
  5. Click Prepare for upgrades in a domain containing Windows 2000 domain controllers.
  6. The following information, found in step 4 of the "Prepare for upgrades in a domain containing Windows 2000 domain controllers" topic, is incorrect:
    Disconnect the schema master from the network and do notreestablish the connection until step 9 in this procedure.
For additional information about how to upgrade your Microsoft Windows 2000 domain to Microsoft Windows Server 2003, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
325379 How to Upgrade Windows 2000 Domain Controllers to Windows Server 2003
Status
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.
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Article ID: 821076 - Last Review: 01/17/2015 16:58:59 - Revision: 3.0

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