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Demoting 2003 DC

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I am looking to demote a Windows 2003 DC and make it part of workgroup and I have few questions :-
a) What command I use to demote the DC dcpromo
b) After the demotion what happens to the various roles that server is part of.
c) Do I have to reinstall the OS to demote or there is no need for it
d) After the demotion should I create local accounts on the users to login to server
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Hi Openjohn

a. Start -> Run -> DCPROMO. Follow the wizard which will require you to set the local admin password and whether this is the last DC in the forest.

b. The roles will remain, unless there are any dependencies, such as if the DC was a CA (Issuing Certificates).

c. No need to reinstall the OS, as good as it was before.

d. Yes after demotion, you will have to create local users for it to operate in a workgroup.

Hope that helps.
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http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc740017(WS.10).aspx

Adding to b.
If you are talking to FSMO roles and it is the only (last) DC in your domain, the roles will disappear like AD domain will.
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by:Darius Ghassem
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You would run dcpromo to demote the server.

Depending on what roles you are talking about before demotion you would need to transfer fsmo roles to existing Domain Controller.

You don't need to reinstall if you are just demoting.

You would need to have local users to access the server.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Why would you use a Workgroup over a domain, when you already have a domain?  A few basic things to understand and it's far more reliable than a workgroup and there is no cost benefit to be a workgroup - it's usually more expensive since you decentralize management.
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Need a workgroup for the simple network. The server is also hosting a website which might need to be redirected...
Does the local users needs to be created on the server ?.
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by:Darius Ghassem
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Yes, after it has been demoted.

You can still leave the server as a member server of the domain
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by:Lee W, MVP
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How does a workgroup simplify?  With a workgroup, your users have to keep separate accounts on all your workstations that they want to log in and access data on. You cannot easily manage all the systems from one location, and when you upgrade, you have to start from scratch, creating new user accounts and re-configuring permissions.  Sorry, but a workgroup does not simplify anything.
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I do agree with leew. Even if you have a server and just a single client computer is simpler manage network using domain than workgroup.
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Hi,

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