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Decommissioning 2008 SP2 DC At Branch Location RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have a remote office which I'm decommissioning the domain controller there. It's 2008 SP2, also serving DNS, DHCP, Printing, DFS and stale WDS. It is a GC, but all DC's (3 in the data center and several at other remote sites) are as well. Sooo, never having removed a remote office DC before I just wanted to get feedback from here on all steps to make sure right order, all covered, etc. Here’s what I was thinking (all on the DC except step 3):
    1. Have users start printing via IP to local printer
    2. Remove Print Services or disable print share (need to remove?)
    3. Add DHCP to Juniper switch (matching address pools. Luckily there are no reservations for any of the 3 IP ranges)
    4. Remove DHCP role
      1. Do you think any specific task needed for users to be pointed at switch?
      2. Test printer, etc. connectivity
    5. Remove Global Catalog
      1. Have users watch for login issues
    6. Remove DNS role
    7. Remove from DFS role
    8. Remove WDS role (need to remove?)
    9. DCPromo
    10. Shut down
    11. Remove from rack. Pack and Ship

    Monday, April 8, 2013 11:39 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    > Have users start printing via IP to local printer
    > Remove Print Services or disable print share (need to remove?)

    If the DC is also a print server, you may configure print on other local server and modify user print settings.

    I think it’s no need to remove print service in the DC, most of time we will reinstall OS when use retired server for other purpose.

    > Remove DHCP role

    DHCP is not a domain-aware service, so after you enable DHCP in switch, you can just disable DHCP service on the server.

    > Do you think any specific task needed for users to be pointed at switch?

    If DHCP is configured in switch, no special client side configuration.

    > Remove Global Catalog

    No need to do it, it is part of Domain controller demote process.

    > Remove WDS role (need to remove?)

    Do you mean Windows Deployment Service? Same with DHCP service, no need to do it in the decommission process.

    After demote the domain controller, you may reinstall OS for the server.

    For more information please refer to following MS articles:

    Demote a domain controller
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc740017(v=WS.10).aspx
    Removing a Domain Controller from a Domain
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771844(v=WS.10).aspx
    Forcing the Removal of a Domain Controller
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc731871(v=WS.10).aspx


    Lawrence

    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Lawrence, Tuesday, April 16, 2013 5:18 AM
    Wednesday, April 10, 2013 7:42 AM