removing a windows 2003 member server from domain


planning to replace a server with a newer one and so will remove the old one from our domain.  since this is not a domain controller or role holder, is there any process or steps required to remove it from domain or active directory or is simply disconnecting it from network suffiicient as long as we never plan to bring this server back into network, thanks.
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You need to remove it from the domain before you disconnect it. To do this, right click on my computer and click on properties. Go to 'computer name' and click change. Click on workgroup and type in 'workgroup'. This will remove it from the domain properly.
dankyle67Author Commented:
So by changing the workgroup name to "workgroup" it will essentially remove it from any domain correct?
Will it also remove it from Active Directory?  If this was a domain controller or FMSO role holder would the process be more involved?  
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You don't NEED to do anything.  You can simply power it off or disconnect it or wipe and format it.  It would be a good idea to delete the computer account for it so you don't have orphaned accounts, but if you didn't absolutely nothing should happen other than you'd have an account for a server that didn't exist.
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dankyle67Author Commented:
Ok thanks for making that clarification leew.  
Best practice would be to remove it from Active Directory before you remove it from the network. This will help you out down the line. If it was a DC you would just re-run dcpromp to remove it as a DC.
If you don't want return the Windows 2003 server to domain, you don't really need to do anything with the old server. If you take that server somewhere else or use it stand alone, keep using it as before.

On your domain controller, you need to remove its name form the active directory. Especially if you want replace the old server with new one which both name is the same, then you definitely need to remove the old one from domain controller for codification.

At the end, if the new server name is different from the old, may you can keep the old server still on active directory for just in case if you need it back.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
If this was a domain controller, YES, the process is DEFINITELY more involved... NON-FSMO role holder, you'd run DCPROMO and remove it from being a DC.  If it was the FSMO master, you'd want to move the FSMO roles first, then run DCPROMO.

As long as it's not a DC, it's JUST LIKE a workstation.  (If you do put it into a workgroup first, it would try to remove the AD account for you, but, strictly speaking, it's not required and shouldn't cause any problems.

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dankyle67Author Commented:
great, thanks for all the help and info.  Feel more comfortable now with the process.
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