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I have currently a PDC with one another machine as a DC running Exchange 2000. I need to replace the PDC and make is a simple DC machine a promote a new machine as the PDC. Just want to make sure of my steps, can anyone give me a detailed instructions, please?

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by:spenrod2
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Add the new server to the domain and run dcprmo, then create a replication of all domain info.once transferred then demote the old system out.
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If you are running Windows 2000 (this is the windows 2000 forum) rather than NT4, then you do not have a pdc......you have two DCs, both of which have a full copy of Active Directory.  Simply run DC promo again to demote the dc to a member server....that will also transfer the FSMO roles....including the PDC emulator to your other DC.

Be aware that an AD domain with only one DC is a recipe for disaster........you need a second DC so that if you lose one, you don't lose your entire AD structure......the other DC still has a functioning copy.

If by some chance you are talking about NT4, you need to have a BDC online, demote the PDC, then promote the BDC to a PDC.
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spenrod2..........running DC Promo automatically adds all AD info to the newDC.......no need to "replicate all domain info"
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Agree with JConchie but also don't forget to make the other dc a global catalog server.  That role may not transfer automatically.  Use AD Sites and Services to do this.  Open AD Sites and Services, open the site name (if you only have one site it's probably under "Default-First-Site-Name."  Open Servers, then the server that that you want to make a global catalog.  Selecty properties of the NTDS Settings, and mark the box labeled "Global Catalog."
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ocon is right,  DCs must manually be designated as a GC
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