Did this DC demote gracefully?
Posted on 2006-03-19
Hi everyone - I have a fairly new (2 months old) Windows 2003 domain. It is not a migrated domain, but brand-new, fresh out of the box. Of course I started with one Domain Controller (and all associated roles), and then added a second DC which also became the Exchange Server 2003. Recently, Microsoft documentation (and some opinions here) prompted me to demote the Exchange Server, which I did using DCPROMO, and which seemed to go smoothly except for a couple of bad entries in the Recipient Update services, which I resolved. Just to be "safe," and to provide additional DC services, I created yet another new DC (not promoted, but fresh.)
Here's my question: since I demoted the Exchange server from DC to member server, the KCC service has reported Event 1104 in the Directory Services log on the original DC. The Event refers to the demoted DC. Should I receive this event more than once (if at all?) Did the DC demote gracefully, or do I need to use the metadata cleanup process (which I had to do on my old domain a couple of times - messy business)? The text of the Event entry scares me a little, because the demoted DC did NOT "move" to another site from the original DC. It was demoted using DCPROMO.
Here's the text of Event 1104 (STJCOMM is the name of the demoted domain controller):
The Knowledge Consistency Checker (KCC) successfully terminated the following change notifications.
Destination network address:
Destination domain controller (if available):
This event can occur if either this domain controller or the destination domain controller has been moved to another site.