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Promoting a Seconday Domain Controller to Primary?

mmoroe
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Good Afternoon Everyone:

    I just built a server and set it as a secondary domain contoller. I am running Windows 2000 server. I would like to get rid of the old primary  DC and have the new one I built(seconday DC) take over. Is there any process to do this or can I just unplug the old machine now that the AD was replicated to new server?

Thank You

Mike
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ahhhhh
no@
you have to move the FSMO roles.   and demote the old one.
ill get some links in a second

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EricIT Manager

Commented:
however.. 2 DC is so much better.. Any reason you cant keep one so you have redundancy?

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ecszone:

     Yes, you are right. I want to unplug the old DC and rebuild it. These are file servers with AD on them. I want the new server I built to handle AD requests and file queries. I want to then put the rebuilt server back on the network as the seconday DC.

I appreciate your help

Mike
EricIT Manager

Commented:
Role info
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=255504
I think the roles are supposed to move automatically, but i dont trust it.
i would do it manually.

common issue:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/332199/

still looking for another artucle i used.... have a meeting sorry
EricIT Manager

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ahh ok.  Im doing the same.  its just xfering the roles and demoting it gracefully.  

it is a mess if you just smoke it w/o demoting.  ;)
Keith AlabasterEnterprise Architect
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Its a wise move to swap locations of the FSMO roles manually rather than take the chance. If you haven't already done so, you'll have to regisetr the scema .dll file or you won't be able to transfer that role unless you use the ntdsutil utility.

Assuming DNS/DHCP/Wins 9if you are running it) will also need to be moved if you haven't already done so. Printers, if you have them shared out from the server are another consideration.

I would also leave it for a couple of hours oce you have moved everything just to make sure everything has replaicted round and settled nicely before you Dcpromo down the original server.
Cheers
keith
Keith AlabasterEnterprise Architect
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Tired, apologies for the abysmal spelling/typo's in that post.
EricIT Manager

Commented:
in addition to what keith says...

turn the box off a week or two once everything is transfered.
watch the event logs.. make sure nothing is missing it.

(or however much time allows.)

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Keith:

    Nice to hear from you again. It is always comforting to get a second opinion from the "Yoda" of networking. I will have to split points on this on since you confirmed ecszone's opinion. I wish I could give you all the points (since you saved my butt on DNS issues here at work) but it would not be fair.

    Thanks to you also ecszone!


Best Regards

Mike
   
EricIT Manager

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yoda! :o heh.    thats alot to live up to! :)

and thanks

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ecszone:

     Thank you for your help. Your expertise is VERY much appreciated!


Sincerely

Mike
Keith AlabasterEnterprise Architect
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lol, almost felt like blushing ;) grin

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