Demote Windows server 2003 Domain Controller

Posted on 2011-04-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I am going to be demoting a domain controller to use as a file server in a different office in a different domain. I looked at some website guides and they say to run the dcpromo command but beyond that once it demotes how do I login to it.If I were removing an XP PC from a domain I can go into Local Users and computers and set the local administrator password but that doesn't exist on my domain controller so once I demote it what is the login?
Question by:Axis52401
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    It will become a member server of your domain, so you can login using a domain account.
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    Its going to be a stand alone file server for an office without a domain, it's already out of the office for the domain it was in service for.
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    When you DCpromo it down you'll get the local SAM account database back so you'll be able to reset the local admin password.

    If the domain this domain controller was from is still in use you really should dcpromo it down while it's on the network, otherwise it won't remove itself from the domain properly.
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    I'ts already been replaced from its domain, I guess I'll just have to hope some part of gthe process gives me a login I can use, thanks

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