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Windows 2008 Server Promote to Domain Controller

Posted on 2011-02-22
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I have a windows 2008 server 32 bit.  When this server was configured the engineer forgot to set it up as a domain controller.  Is there a way to promote this stand alone server to a domain controller w/ integrated DNS?
Question by:deklinm

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rawinnlnx9 earned 1000 total points
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1. Start Menu->Run.
2. Type "cmd" hit enter.
3. In the command prompt type "DCPROMO" and hit enter.
4. If that doesn't work search the server installation disk one for "DCPROMO" navigate to that directory with the command prompt and run DCPROMO from there.
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by:Krzysztof Pytko
Krzysztof Pytko earned 1000 total points
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Is this DC first DC within 2003 environment or you set up completely new domain?

If the second option (new domain) simply run dcpromo as mentioned above.

If not, if yo want to make it as additional DC in existing 2003 domain, you need to first prepare schema for new extension. Please follow with this article at


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