Complete the Upgrade
Updated: November 19, 2009
Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2
Complete the following tasks to finalize the process:
Review, update, and document the domain architecture to reflect any changes that you made during the domain upgrade process.
Verify that the NETLOGON and SYSVOL shared folders exist and that the File Replication Service (FRS) or Distributed File Service (DFS) Replication is functioning without error by checking Event Viewer.
Verify that Group Policy is being applied successfully by checking the application log in Event Viewer for Event ID 1704.
Verify that all service (SRV), alias (CNAME), and host (A) resource records have been registered in Domain Name System (DNS).
Verify Windows Firewall status.
Important Although the default behavior for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is that Windows Firewall is turned on, if you upgrade a Windows Server 2003 computer that had Windows Firewall turned off, the firewall will remain off after the upgrade unless you turn it on using the Windows Firewall control panel.
Continuously monitor your domain controllers and Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). Using a monitoring solution (such as Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM)) to monitor distributed Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS)—and the services that it relies on—helps maintain consistent directory data and a consistent level of service throughout the forest.
After these tasks have been completed successfully, you will have completed the in-place upgrade process.