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Demote Win2k3 DC running TS and prepare for new domain membership as a DC of the new domain running TS

randyv4026 asked
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Last Modified: 2008-03-17
Need to demote an existing Win2k3 DC running TS and subsequently promote it into a new domain as a DC running TS.

I need to know what effect this will have on existing Terminal Services configuration and licensing whether I will need to reinstall TS and re-license.

Any other pitfalls specific to demotion and subsequent promotion process would also be appreciated.

Thanks for your expert advice!!
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DCPROMO to get rid of domain...

1) transfer FSMO roles to another dc if this domain has more DC's in it...and this is not the last one.  http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=324801&product=winsvr2003
2) Remove GC role (only needed if the domain has other remote DC's):  http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/Library/7b1c3e1c-ef32-4b8e-b4c4-e73910575f611033.mspx
3) Run DCPROMO and choose remove DC...

Depending on how you licensed your Terminal Server License server service, will determin if it will need to be installed.  For example, if, when you installed the TS License service, your choose DOMAIN or Enterprise wide TS Lisense server, you will have to re-install the TS License service.  If you choose workgroup or stand alone, you will not.  You probably want to reinstall the TS License service in the new domain...  Here how: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=248430

I don't know how that TS Application server will work in when moving it to a new domain.  Of course, all of the domain security will no longer exist, so this will have to be resetup.  Any applications that require domain accounts, will also fail and need to be reconfigured and possibly reinstalled.

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