Promote a windows 2008 server to PDC and Demote Windows 2003 Server

We have a windows 2003 standard server as the PDC. We recently installed a 2008 server R2 as a DC as well. Is there a process to promote a windows server 2008 system and then demote the 2003 server? Thanks.
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ctpmn1Commented:
I think you can just do it like you would normally.

   1. Log on to a BDC as an Administrator
   2. Start Server Manager (Start - Programs - Administrative Tools - Server Manager)
   3. If the PDC is not available then a warning will be displayed "Cannot find Primary DC for <domain>"
   4. Click on the BDC you want to promote to the PDC
   5. From the Computer menu select "Promote to PDC"
   6. Again if the PDC is not available then a warning "Cannot find Primary for <Domain>". Click OK to continue
   7. The Netlogon service will be stopped on the BDC, it will be changed to a PDC and then the Netlogon service will be started again.
   8. This machine is now the domain PDC
Found on http://www.windowsitpro.com/article/domains2/how-do-i-promote-a-backup-domain-controller-to-the-primary-domain-controller-.aspx
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valmaticAuthor Commented:
does that demote the 03 server to BDC without removing AD
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
That's simply impossible.  There is no such thing as a PDC in Active Directory.  All domain controllers are writeable.  A PDC is the only writeable domain controller of an NT4 network.  

Using and understanding proper terminology is important, lest you be given incorrect information/advice because of a misunderstanding.

Active Directory has FSMO roles that can be held by ANY server - indeed, there are 5 roles which can be split amongst 5 servers, if you wanted to (then which would be the PDC?  Hence the reason PDC is not appropriate)

If you want the 2008 DC to be the FSMO role holder for ALL roles, then you can use either of two methods - GUI or Command line:
see: http://www.petri.co.il/transferring_fsmo_roles.htm
(The process should be the same for 2008 or you can run the commands from the 2003 DC).

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
thank you ctpmn1 for illustrating my point about proper terminology.  The instructions posted are completely incorrect for Active Directory and completely correct for NT4.
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ctpmn1Commented:
I apologize for any confusion i may have caused. Leew is definately correct, those instructions are not for 2008/2003. My mistake.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
And a quick clarification/warning - DO NOT - repeat, DO NOT SEIZE THE ROLES.  Seizure is potentially dangerous and should only be done when the FSMO Role holder has failed and cannot be brought back online.
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valmaticAuthor Commented:
so do i go with leews instructions then?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Why not?  It's not like I'm new here with no credentials...
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Darius GhassemCommented:
Look over all of ours. leews is good. I added one with some detail in as well.
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valmaticAuthor Commented:
just wondering if everyone agreed on your instructions thats all. Thanks for the help i will give it a shot.
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valmaticAuthor Commented:
you do all this from a command prompt or is there a screen in server 08 i can use
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
If memory serves (I'm not in front of a 2008 server right now) the tools referenced in 2003 are essentially the same as 2008.  Have you tried to use them on 2008?
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ctpmn1Commented:
Go with Leew, he's a Genius, just look at his shield :)
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