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Can I retain user accounts if I demote a 2000 domain controller

Posted on 2004-09-21
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I want to know if I demote a Windows 2000 server from a domain controller to a member server if I will still be able to use the user accounts in the local user database.
I will totally remove the server from the current domain and would still like to use the user accounts locally on that server.

Is this possible?
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by:markoid
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Yes this is possible.
if you demote your DC you will loose the user accounts that exist in the ad database.If the users where created locally you would keep the user accounts after demotion.
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by:markoid
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Hold on a second.....If the machine was a domain controller the ability to add local user accounts is disabled. So the answer to you question is no. Are you confusing local account with domain accounts ?
Is there more than one DC in the domain ?
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by:pcspcs
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No, I'm not confusing local account and domain accounts. I was wondering when I demoted the DC if the user accounts would be rolled over into the local account database or if there was a way to convert the domain accounts into local accounts so I can isolate the demoted server from our current network.
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by:markoid
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Can  I ask why you want to do this ?
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by:pcspcs
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We want to take a web server off our domain and totally isolate it from our network.
The server hosts our online backup accounts.
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OK. Why do you need to demote a domain controler to remove a web server from the domain or is the web server running on the DC ?
 As an answer to you earlier question .If you demote a domain controler and it is the only domain controler in the domain you will loose the whole domain, AD database including DNS if its intergrate in AD, useraccounts, site and services the works.

The user accounts will not rollover into local user accounts
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