Seizing FSMO Roles from a 2K3 DC to a 2000 DC

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    ENVIRONMENT
    I have a single forest, single domain with two DCs. One is running Windows Server 2K3 w/SP1 and holds all 5 FSMO roles. This DC has AD integrated DNS and is functioning as a GC server. The other DC is running Windows Server 2000 w/SP4 and also has AD integrated DNS and is working as a GC server.

    SCENARIO
    My primary DC (the one holding all 5 roles) has gone down and after a few non-authoritative restores I’ve been unable to bring her back up.

    PLAN OF ACTION
    My next step is to seize the roles using the 2000 DC (the only other DC on my domain/forest) following the steps in this article: http://petri.com/seizing_fsmo_roles.htm. Once the roles have been seized I plan on doing a metadata cleanup following the steps in this article: http://petri.com/delete_failed_dcs_from_ad.htm. Then, on the DC that went down, do a clean install of Windows Server 2K3, give the machine a new name, run dcpromo and then transfer the roles back.

    FEAR/QUESTIONS
    My only fear is seizing the roles from a 2K3 DC to a 2000 DC. Are there any known issues with doing this? Does it look like I’m taking the proper steps in seizing/bringing the domain/forest back up? Also at the end of the “Seizing FSMO Roles” document (http://petri.com/seizing_fsmo_roles.htm) it says:

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    Note: Do not put the Infrastructure Master (IM) role on the same domain controller as the Global Catalog server. If the Infrastructure Master runs on a GC server it will stop updating object information because it does not contain any references to objects that it does not hold. This is because a GC server holds a partial replica of every object in the forest.

    I’ve had the Infrastructure Master role on a GC server before. Is this a big no, no? Should I then not make this new server a GC?

    Thanks in advanced for any posts!

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