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THe server is a Domain Controller SBS 2008

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Last Modified: 2012-06-22
Im trying to rename a Domain name to something else and also clean everything in the Active Directory, this is a server that it was never really used, only 3 users were just accessing the server for files but nothing really was setup, no policies, rights etc. Now Im taking this server and use it, Im trying to migrate (which I don't know how yet, all I have is a procedure but never done it before) a server 2003 and this one (2008). I tried to use Role Services to delete the Active Directory but it tells me that I can't because THE SERVER IS A DOMAIN CONTROLLER and I must uninstall the domain controller using the ADDS Installation Wizard (cdpromo) first. Is this the best way to clean up the AD and rename this Domain Name ? Also If I deleted how am I going to know if the new domain server is a domain controller or not, I don't know the different types. Please be very basic in your answer, don't pretend I know SBS 2008 by any mean, Im just trying to do this by myself and last the new domain name has to be different from the old domain name ? I would like to use the same domain name I have in my 2003 SBS but not sure if two server can have the same domain name or how is done.

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