[Okta Webinar] Learn how to a build a cloud-first strategyRegister Now

x
?
Solved

What is the best way to switch domain controllers for a short time?

Posted on 2012-08-22
3
Medium Priority
?
553 Views
Last Modified: 2012-08-22
I have a Server 2003 domain with several domain controllers, all of which are also global catalog servers.  I have one domain controller (named DC1) that has all the fsmo roles.

I need to take DC1 offline for several hours and I want to do so with as little impact to the network as possible.  

All workstations and servers on the network are pointing to the ip address of DC1 for their primary dns and wins server.

The Exchange 2010 server is using DC1 as its catalog server.

What if I take some other domain controller, say DC3, which also is a dns and wins server on the network, and transfer all the fsmo roles to that server, and then shutdown DC1 and then change the ip address of DC3 to the address that DC1 had?

Also, before shutting down DC1 I will change start of authority in dns to DC3 so I can make dns changes while DC1 is unavailable.

Is this going to work for a smooth temporary transition?

Thanks.
0
Comment
Question by:gateguard
  • 2
3 Comments
 
LVL 97

Accepted Solution

by:
Lee W, MVP earned 2000 total points
ID: 38319836
So as I understand it, you have a domain with more than one domain controller, correct?

Your clients list DC1 as primary DNS and they DO HAVE secondary DNS entries pointing to other DCs, right?

Then do NOTHING.  Except MAYBE, if you only have one global catalog server, create another.  Other than that, Active Directory was DESIGNED to allow servers to be taken off line for extended periods.  In theory, you could take that server down for a month (assuming default settings) and not notice it EXCEPT for a few minutes as Exchange needs to find a new global catalog server.
0
 
LVL 97

Expert Comment

by:Lee W, MVP
ID: 38319838
By the way, you really shouldn't need WINS unless you have some specific application that requires it...
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:gateguard
ID: 38319871
thanks
0

Featured Post

VIDEO: THE CONCERTO CLOUD FOR HEALTHCARE

Modern healthcare requires a modern cloud. View this brief video to understand how the Concerto Cloud for Healthcare can help your organization.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Are you looking for the options available for exporting EDB files to PST? You may be confused as they are different in different Exchange versions. Here, I will discuss some options available.
Steps to fix error: “Couldn’t mount the database that you specified. Specified database: HU-DB; Error code: An Active Manager operation fail”
This video demonstrates how to sync Microsoft Exchange Public Folders with smartphones using CodeTwo Exchange Sync and Exchange ActiveSync. To learn more about CodeTwo Exchange Sync and download the free trial, go to: http://www.codetwo.com/excha…
Whether it be Exchange Server Crash Issues, Dirty Shutdown Errors or Failed to mount error, Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery has always got your back. With the help of its easy to understand user interface and 3 simple steps recovery proced…
Suggested Courses
Course of the Month20 days, 3 hours left to enroll

872 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question