Sorry for the long post!
I am in the process of removing a Windows 2003 Server from our domain by migrating all the roles onto a newly setup DC within our virtual environment and I am looking for any advice that can help with the process. I have added servers but this will be my first time removing one.
I have read through various posts on the site, all have which have been very helpful in putting together my proposed process, but I can’t find a “step by step” - If there is one please point me in that direction!!
The Physical DC was the very first DC (forest root) and runs DHCP, WINS, DNS, GC, Time Server and 4 of the FSMO Roles.We currently have 1 virtual DC (p2v of server) and 2 physical ones ( 2nd physical server is running one of the FSMO roles and is a DNS server. )
The DNS is Active Directory integrated with no scavenging setup.
All 3 servers are CGs
Both physical servers are DNS servers
Create new Vm server from Template
Setup as DC –
Join Server to domain.
Run DCpromo and run through process:
Dcpromo->add domain controller to existing domain->
Wait 15/45min to check objects are appearing in DC
Check Event Logs for replication information - Dcdiag
Install DNS Service:
Using Add/ Remove Programmes install DNS
Will all the setting automatically go across or is anything else required for DNS? Will I need to configure forwarding zones?
Export configuration from Existing server
Netsh dhcp server export c:\dhcp.txt all
Vm Machine – Add Remove->Network Services->DHCP
Netsh dhcp server import c:\dhcp.txt all
Stop Services on existing physical DHCP Server
Authorise VM DHCP server
Configure DHCP setting for Clients to use new DNS Server address as primary
Transfer FSMO Roles:
Transfer roles via Pull method – transfer roles to current 2nd Physical Server
Wait for 15 mins between each roll move.
AD Sites and Services – operation Masters
AD Users and Computers – operation Masters
Register regsvr32 schmmgmt.dll -> add active Dir Schema -> change
Shut Down Existing DC:
Pull network cable out of 1st Physical server via switch not back of physical server
Wait for users / log in tests DHCP etc (any recommendations of time? Windows sp2 tombstone is 60days? )
Plug Network cable back into Existing DC
Allow Synchronisation to occur with servers
Demote DC via DC Promo
Add/Remove DNS Application from Server
Move old Physical Server from domain via My computer and put in workgroup
Remove physical machine
Remove entry within DNS?
Does this seem like the correct method of removing a server? Are there any steps that I need to be aware of regarding this being the very first Domain controller I set up within the domain?
Any help and guidance would be really appreciated!!