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Is it possible to remove a terminal server from a domain and promote to a domain controller

Last Modified: 2013-11-21
Hi Experts I have a 2003 SBS. I have a 2003 terminal server as a member server and I want to remove it from the domain and have it stand alone so I can have two differnt networks access the database on it. one network is 2003 SBS and the other is 2008 SBS the terminal server runs a access database and the users connect via terminal services. I want the users on both networks to access the server. Does it have to be promoted to a domain controller I gues yes. Is it as easy as puting the server back to a workgroup and adding the active directory to it? will is keep all the settings and software with no problems. I would like some input from the experts.  thanks
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Having the two other networks be Small Business Server makes it complicated. If I remember correctly, you can't setup trusts in SBS, so your terminal services server will have to have it's own Active Directory, it will also have to be isolated from the SBS Networks.


it will be on its own, the two sbs servers will not be on differnt subnets with there own independent domains, I want the users from both those domains to connect to the terminal server thru RDP and authencate and run the the access database

Why don't you leave it on 2003 SBS domain ask SBS2008 users to RDP into it.You just need to create user account for SBS 2008 users in SBS2003 domain.


Well I have that now, but my thinking is that I didnt have enough licences to add the users to the 2003 SBS to be authenticated even though they will not access the resources on the 2003 sbs server. I  have enough licenses for the terminal server and thought it would be better to make it stand alone. I also want the users to be able to print to there local printer and with the terminal server being on a 2003 SBS server and the other users being on a 2008 SBS I was having a problem getting the mapping done would printing over http work for this?
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Your best bet is to have the server as a standalone server (If licensing is the issue) you should not make a Terminal Server a domain controller.

Once it is a standalone server you will need to add the users to the local user database so they can connect.
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