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Removing ads from a windows 2003 server , and want to use as a file server

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I want to remove ads from a windows 2003 server , and want to use as a file server. what combinations would DCPROMO will work
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by:debuggerau
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just running dcpromo will give you the wizard to uninstall it..
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by:tigermatt
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Just run dcpromo and follow the procedure to demote the server. That is the only method of demoting the server gracefully.
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by:Spice_Telecom
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When i use the dcpromo at one stage it is stopped that the domain controler could not be contacted
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by:MultiTrends
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Assuming there are other domain controllers in the domain, can you ping one of them by name? Is the one you want to demote using another DC as it's primary DNS server?
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by:tigermatt
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To correctly remove the Domain Controller, you will need to follow the standard procedure for the process, which is as follows:

Ensure DNS and Global Catalog roles are moved across to one or more of your other servers. If you are using AD-integrated DNS (which you should) this is as simple as installing the DNS server on the other servers (DNS information will replicate with AD). Make sure the DNS server addresses in DHCP AND any statically assigned devices point to one new DNS server for preferred.

Make sure all the FSMO roles are removed from the first server and transferred to one of the other servers. If you are a single-domain environment, there are no performance or functionality gains from spreading FSMO roles around between servers. They COULD be spread around - it is up to you, but it is recommended they are consolidated onto one server. FSMO transfer guide here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324801 and you may like this one: http://www.petri.co.il/transferring_fsmo_roles.htm.
Note you can test if the current server has any FSMO roles by running (at a command prompt)
netdom query fsmo
and examining the output of server FQDNs.
If you see anything about SEIZING FSMO roles, DO NOT undertake this procedure, in this case you can TRANSFER the roles which is a less painful procedure.

For DNS, you should have all zones Active Directory integrated, which means the DNS information is stored in Active Directory and transferred with existing DC-to-DC replication. This eliminates the need for zone transfers. To convert to AD-integrated DNS (or ensure you have this configuration), check out http://support.microsoft.com/kb/198437.

For the Global Catalog role, you can ensure at least one other server is a GC by following http://support.microsoft.com/kb/313994. More information on the Global Catalog role (including why it is needed for user and computer logons) can be found at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/216970.

As a test, shut down the existing DC and make sure all Active Directory and client workstations are functioning properly. If they are, you should be safe to go ahead and run DCPROMO to demote the DC to member server. You can then use that server as a file server member server.

You MUST have another DC to move these roles across to - you should not demote the only DC in the domain if you expect the network to still function afterwards.

-tigermatt
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by:debuggerau
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When i use the dcpromo at one stage it is stopped that the domain controler could not be contacted

This is when the DC cant see the DNS server to lookup the AD...
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Spice_Telecom earned 125 total points
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Thanks,
As i went thru Petri , i'd use dcpromo /forceremoval as mentioned in http://support.microsoft.com/kb/332199. It worked . Thanks for your support.
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by:tigermatt
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If you did a force removal then you must perform a metadata cleanup too: http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/012793ee-5e8c-4a5c-9f66-4a486a7114fd1033.mspx
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by:MultiTrends
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I see you've requested to close the question....just thought I'd mention that when I make a post for help and get detailed efforts like tigermatt made, I always give points even if I solve the problem myself or find it on another site. Just my 2 cents in case you weren't aware that you can accept your own comment as the solution but still give points to those you think made a worthy effort.
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by:tigermatt
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The solution which the author wanted to accept was neither a correct nor complete solution anyway - running a force removal without good reason isn't required, and even then, he still needs to do a Metadata cleanup to keep things working correctly.

I have no objection to the Moderator's recommendation.

Thank you modus_operandi and MultiTrends, see you on June 16th!
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by:Spice_Telecom
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Thanks for the support provided
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by:tigermatt
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You're welcome.
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