First let me start by saying this site has been a huge resource for me for understanding how networks are setup and built - especially in my new job running a network. I work for a small firm and that doesn't have a full time network administrator. The job is handled by me and a friend of mine. My main job focus is business consulting and my friend does production for us, but we both love computers. I have 4 years of experience as Desktop Support so know my way pretty well around the computer (enough to be dangerous), but not so much on the server side of things and how those components work.
Now on to my problem. We've been running off of a beastly server as our domain controller, it is also our file server, and intranet, and I have a few other ideas i'd like to use it for like application deployment (like auto install office or symantec) once I add a new machineto the domain - this is long term but to start this process i had to add a new PDC.
We bought a new server and i followed the instructions Here
and it worked great until the demoting of the old DC. when i run dcpromo on the old server i get error "The box indicating that this domain controller is the last controller for the domain is unchecked. however, no other active directory domain controll....blah blah blah" and i have no idea how to fix this issue. I've been looking at settings and comparing the 2 servers, the old DC has DHCP setup through a scope and I'm not sure how or if i should transfer that over to the new server. same with DNS.
The goal here is to have the new server promoted as the PDC and the old server just be a regular file/print server and in the future be setup as an application server too - and not own any of the DC roles. how do i know which roles to transfer to allow the new server to take ownership of the domain and demote the other?
Thanks for any help you can provide and sorry for any poor explaination of what is going on. If anything needs clarification just let me know, i'll be staring at this computer screen all day.