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How to remove DNS Server Role from a 2003 Server

stargazerm31 asked
Hello all.  Looking for help/advice.  

I have a small Domain that has 4 DCs on it.  Two of them are new.  They are all running Server 2003 Standard with SP2.  On the older ones, they were configured to have the DNS Server role installed.  The new servers have that role and I want to remove the DNS Server role from the old ones.  I have other plans for them.

I don't see an easy way to remove that role.  

I go into the dnsmgmt tool and I see that if I click on the 'Action' button there is a Delete option.  I'm a little hesitant to just do that not knowing if that is the right/best way to do it.

Thanks for your help.
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Open the Add/remove programs control panel, then click on Add/Remove Windows components. In there you'll find the DNS service. Uncheck it to remove.
Are all 4 servers setup as domain controllers for the domain?  

If they are then you will need to perform a DCPROMO on the servers you want to demote, then uninstall the DNS service in add/remove windows components on the demoted servers.  You will want to make sure that the FSMO roles are transferred prior to running DCPROMO as well as making sure the remaining domain controllers or at least one is enabled as global catalog.

Deleting the DNS server from the DNS Manager just deletes the connection to the DNS server within the MMC.


MidnightOne, thee is no option to uninstall DNS Services on my system via the Windows Components.
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Thanks to all your help.  Had to demote it.  Was hoping there was a better way.