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I am in the process of phasing out older servers and replacing them with newer ones. I need to replace my primary domain controller. I would like to promote the backup domain controller to the primary role. Any suggestions on how to accomplish this would be greatly appreciated. Suggestions on steps to take and things to watch out for would be a great help. Thanks in advance.
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Assuming that you have a windows 2000 network: All you'd need to do is transfer the roles to your remaining server, then run dcpromo on the server you wish to replace to demote it, then take it offline. You can then bring a new server up, join it to the domain, promote it with dcpromo, and transfer the roles back if that's what you wish to do,

HOW TO: View and Transfer FSMO Roles in the Graphical User Interface

The below is to seize roles (although it does attempt to transfer prior to seizure) - Using Ntdsutil.exe to seize or transfer FSMO roles to a domain controller

Deb :))
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