Demoting old W2K DC that was the first DC in domain?
Posted on 2006-06-29
I'm planning on taking an old server out of the loop that happens to be our first domain controller for the domain. Here is my set up:
The old DC in question is running W2K server standard edition and was the first server set up in this domain years ago. It also presently holds the FSMO roles, DNS, etc...We also have a second DC that is running Server 2003 and Exchange 2003 (No FSMO roles, but is a Global Catalog server). I'm planning on adding another 2003 DC to replace the old W2K DC.
Here is what I'm planning to do:
1. Install the new 2003 server, add it to the domain and promote it to a domain controller.
2. Transfer DNS and DHCP roles to the new server and start pointing everyone to it. Also, transfer the all the FSMO roles to the new server.
3. Demote old DC.
My questions are: Am I doing this in the correct order and is there anything that I'm leaving out or any pitfalls I might run into since this was the primary DC for so long?