W2K3 domain controller offline temporarily
Posted on 2008-06-15
I am jointly responsible for administering and managing a Windows 2003 Active Directory environment, comprsing around 200 servers, around 20 of which are domain controllers. 3 domains exist within the forest, 2 child domains and one root domain.
One of the domain controllers needs to be powered off for around a week and management do not want to dcpromo the box, for various reasons. I have been asked to investigate how long a domain controller can theoretically be powered off for before problems could oocur. I am well aware of the tombstone lifetime and also have a fairly good understanding of the replication process. However, what else could affect this scenario? Could the machine be powered off for a month for example? I appreciate that replication could hammer the machine once powered back on but I just need a few more bits of info. By the way, no FSMO roles exist on this domain controller.
Thanks in advance.