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Demote Secondary DC with domain users active

Even though I am confident that I will be able to do this, I would still like some advice.

I need to demote our current secondary DC to a member server so I can remove and replace this server with a new server (this new server will then be promoted to be a secondary DC).

All FSMO roles are currently on the PDC.

Will I be able to demote the secondary dc while users are active on the domain? This secondary server is not being used as a file server, print server, etc. Only a backup DC/DNS server.

As well, after running the DCpromo what else needs to be done? Other than DNS record changes on the PDC.
Windows Server 2003Active Directory

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8/22/2022 - Mon
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The secondary dc is a GC however the primary dc is also a GC. Should I look to see which GC server exchange is using first?
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EDIT:

I looked on the exchange server and it is using both GC's. The first server that is listed is the server that I am going to be replacing. The server listed underneither is our main DC.

Will this be a problem?
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Sounds great, Thank you for the help!!
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