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Removing AD domain controller

Posted on 2004-09-16
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I have an Active Directory forest with a parent domain and a number of child domains.  This forest was originally built with Windows 2000, and I have upgraded most everything to 2003 now.  I want to shut down the original server that created the forest now.  I know how to remove AD from a server and all that, but is there anything else special that needs to be done to prepare this thing since it is the original domain controller in my forest?
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yes!  you need to transfer any of the FSMO roles over to another Domain controller before you remove this from the domain.
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=324801&product=winsvr2003

make sure you backup your systemstates on the machines you'll be working with.

good luck,
Scott
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Perfect!  Thank you sir...
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just be careful.. I have to do the same thing in about 2 months... so I 've been studying it... read up on using the recovery console and AD recovery just incase...

Good luck!
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thanks...  I've been working on upgrading from 2000 to 2003 since February, and it has gone surprisingly smooth (knock on wood)...  this is the last mountain I have to climb...

good luck as well!
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