Preserve the user accounts and security groups during a win2ksrv(dc) demotion?
Posted on 2004-04-20
I have recently taken over the network administration duties at the company that i work for. I now understand why the network never seemed to work. Its a nightmare. I need some help.
I have a Dell server running Windows 2000 Server(DC). We do have a domain and it is registered. (We are not hosting the DNS for the domain on our server though.) I have managed to clean-up a lot of the mess by uninstalling unused services (Media Services, RIP, etc.) This has given us back a lot of resources.
1. The NetBIOS and Domain names are different.
2. The domain is set as domain.com as if we were hosting it. It should be domain.local
3. I need to preserve the user accounts and passwords
The answer that i see to my first two problems is that i need to demote the server to a member server. Then promote it back to being the DC. I think that will erase the domain user accounts, security groups, and all other domain level configurations. Is there a way to preserve the user accounts and security groups during a win2ksrv(dc) demotion?
A new server is not an option, so sayith accounting. (believe me, I TRIED.)