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Demoting Win2000Server Box from DC status.

Posted on 2007-03-18
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I have  a Dell PE600SC running Windows 2000 Server.  It has Exchange 5.5 on it and was only being used as an Exchange box and a file server (or so I was told).  I am trying to transfer the public folders from this box to our new SBS2003 server.  As I was getting ready to join it to the domain of the SBS box, I discovered that it was configured as a domain controller and so SBS cannot accept it into the SBS2003 domain.

I need to "demote" it so I can join it to our new domain and then hopefully run the pub folder migrate utility to pull in the pub folders from 5.5.

I am stuck at thsi point.

Bill
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by:Jay_Jay70
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if you demote you could heavily destroy exchange......

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=e7a951d7-1559-4f8f-b400-488b0c52430e&displaylang=en

this may help you
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by:fpthree
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You're going to have many issues with AD, LDAP, DNS, Kerberos if you use it...
Here's a good blog to visit supporting the best practice you're seeking:
http://blogs.brnets.com/michael/archive/2005/01/24/319.aspx

I've had to perform support to such a request, yet I do not have the time to document the details specific to your request. This blog is very close to accomplish the task.
Be sure you backup your public and private exchange database prior to any changes of your exchange servers. *.edb (Public.edb and Private.edb), this way you're not stuck without lose to Exchange information.
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OK - it looks like my client has gotten this figured out - it turns out that this is much simpler than what is being suggested.  He was able to simply export these folders to a .pst and go from there.  I wish someone had suggested this, but sometimes we make simple things complex.

Thanks to all.

Bill
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Good luck Bill.
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I would like to request this question closed and points refunded
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