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Want to dcpromo file server to add additional DC

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I want to dcpromo our file server and make it a BDC and have it share some of the directory services load. It's the best option right now, another DC is needed. What I can't remember is will promoting the server delete/affect the shares I've created? Please advise!

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promoting the member server to a DC wont affect current file shares availability aside from the restart
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by:Premkumar Yogeswaran
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Not required to remove the shares..

The Domain controller can also be used as File server..

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Prem
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by:netjgrnaut
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There's no such thing as a BDC in Active Directory, but in the spirit of your question...

You're safe - dcpromo will not remove the shares already created on the file server.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Inexperience encourages statements that say "will"; experience encourages statements that say "should".  Further, experience should tell you to do a backup first because you never know when something weird and bizarre is going to happen.
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I have full current backups, just wanted to be sure that it "shouldn't" affect the shares I've created.

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It does not affect the shares.  However make sure that if you have a Antivirus installed in the server you exclude the appropiate DC Files.  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822158.  Since it may cause corruption with Sysvol folder and/or AD Database.
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