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Demoting Domain Controller in 2003 and Roles RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have 2 domain controllers for a Windows 2003 environment

    I want to demote one (dcpromo).

    Will that automatically move all roles to the other domain controller or do I have to manually move them.

    Thanks

    Dave


    Dave Kozlowski

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013 4:28 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    Before you demote a domain controller, verify that this domain controller is not the only global catalog and that it does not hold an operations master role. If this domain controller currently holds one or more operations master roles, transfer the operations master roles to another domain controller before demoting it.

    For more information, please refer to the Microsoft TechNet article:

    Demote a domain controller

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc740017(v=WS.10).aspx

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    Arthur Li

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    Arthur Li

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    Wednesday, May 8, 2013 4:03 AM

All replies

  • It will transfer the roles but I'd move them gracefully prior just to make sure everything is healthy and working.   Are you planning to run with only one DC...try to have a second DC.

    Thanks

    Mike


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    • Proposed as answer by Joseph__Moody Tuesday, May 7, 2013 4:39 PM
    Tuesday, May 7, 2013 4:32 PM
  • Hi Dave,

    Just to clarify, do you mean your FSMO roles or roles as in DHCP/DNS? I assume FSMO but I just want to double check.

    Thanks,

    Joseph


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    Tuesday, May 7, 2013 4:40 PM
  • Nice follow up Joseph...great question, I should have asked it too :)

    Thanks

    Mike


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    Tuesday, May 7, 2013 4:42 PM
  • I mean the FSMO roles that play into the AD.  If I have only 2 DC's, if I demote one should the roles automatically move.

    DHCP and DNS will remain on the server after its demoted.

    I do plan to add another DC later this week.

    Thanks


    Dave Kozlowski

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013 4:57 PM
  • I'd add the third DC first then demote DC2.  It just gives you an insurance policy in case the single DC goes down hard.  I know it probably won't...but it the same reason we carry insurance :)

    Thanks

    Mike


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    Tuesday, May 7, 2013 4:59 PM
  • Thanks! :)

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    Tuesday, May 7, 2013 4:59 PM
  • Hi,

    Before you demote a domain controller, verify that this domain controller is not the only global catalog and that it does not hold an operations master role. If this domain controller currently holds one or more operations master roles, transfer the operations master roles to another domain controller before demoting it.

    For more information, please refer to the Microsoft TechNet article:

    Demote a domain controller

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc740017(v=WS.10).aspx

    Regards,

    Arthur Li

    TechNet Subscriber Support

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    Arthur Li

    TechNet Community Support

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013 4:03 AM
  • Hi,

     

    I would like to confirm what is the current situation? If there is anything that I can do for you, please do not hesitate to let me know, and I will be happy to help.

    Regards,

    Arthur Li

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    Arthur Li

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    Monday, May 13, 2013 8:54 AM