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Exchange server is also my Domain controller!

I have a windows 2000 server! that is also my Exchange 2000 box and Domain controller!
Question how can I remove the Domain controller from that Exchange box??? to a secondary domain controller and demote it as an domain controller???
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eatmeimadanishCommented:
You will have to move any FSMO rules from that server to another.  Once done use DCPROMO to decommision that controller.  You will probably have a little tinkering to do with the exchange server after this is all said and done, but chances are you will be fine.  
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Chris DentPowerShell DeveloperCommented:

Simple answer... you can't. The server Exchange is hosted on cannot change state after installation. That is, a DC cannot become a member server and a member server cannot become a DC (without breaking Exchange).

You could move Exchange to a new server, but it would require that you add a second Exchange to the site, then rehoming all the mailboxes.

Chris
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Chris DentPowerShell DeveloperCommented:

Sorry I should have put, you can try but it is not supported at all by Microsoft (a basic, if it breaks tough luck from MS).

Supporting documentation:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822179
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purplepomegraniteCommented:
Yes, the only way that would be supported would be to add two new servers to the domain, one for Exchange, one for AD.  Once these are in, transfer all the AD roles from the original server to the new AD one, and move all the mailboxes from old exchange to new.  Then decommision the first server.

That's a lot of work condensed into three sentences, and I'd probably leave it as it is!!
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rack311Author Commented:
Great stuff People! this is the final tweak to the puzzle... we need to have Antivirus running on the system (Exchange 2000/W2k Server) we have information from (Symantec's) support that if you are running NAV on the server operation system! You must shut off. Real time monitoring!!! This is the genesis for removing DC from the server to get it more stabilization for the antivirus integration
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purplepomegraniteCommented:
You mean if you are running NAV on the Exchange machine, yes?

The reason for this is that there is potentially a danger that if Norton finds a virus in an exchange database, it could try and quarantine the whole file!!  Mind you, I have never seen this in practise (I don't believe NAV would be able to anyway, Exchange Store retains exclusive access to the files while it is running), and I have seen many set-ups where NAV is installed in this way (SBS, for example, in which Exchange and the DC are on the same computer).  Also the default installation of NAV excludes the Exchange folders from it's scans if it detects it is installed, which should be safe enough.

Maybe swap to another antivirus supplier?!

Do you use the Exchange module of NAV?  Any antivirus that works with Exchange should operate using MAPI (or directly with Exchange in another way) to scan messages as they enter/leave the system, so you should be using an AV package specific for Exchange.
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rack311Author Commented:
We are not using anytime type of Antivirus application at the mail box level! but we are thing of using symantec's SMS for exchange. Thank you again for you comments
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