Can’t join a Windows 2012 server to a 2003 forest

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Simple solution but here’s the scenario;

I had to replace a 2003 server with a 2012 server. So the original forest and domain is 2003 (I had to upgrade that from 2000!) but when I tried to promote the 2012 server to a DC it balked with this error;

“A domain controller running 2008 or later could not be located in this domain.”

I did some digging and found that it’s really not stopping you but prompting you to put in a recovery password. Thanks for the intuitive message MS.

So simply type in a recovery password and it will allow you to continue the promotion.

Ref: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/sharepoint/en-US/87876f09-90e6-4548-bdb6-7b1e525951be/adding-a-windows-2012-dc-to-a-windows-2003-forest?prof=required

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