Decomissioning a sole Domain Controller (small business server) and turning it in to just a file server.
Posted on 2012-08-23
I have a small client who was running a Small Business Server domain controller in his home office. It was also running Exchange (but he is not using the mailbox he had setup in there)
We have decided that there is no point in having DHCP, DNS and Active directory services running in a home, when a simple home router is more than enough to handle those roles on such a small scale. On top of this, the server is 7 years old (It is a very old machine (Pentium - 4) so it is at the end of its life.
The only thing we want at this point is to retain the file shares on the server, and then to map them directly on the client's laptop.
What is best practices for doing this, and are there any good articles and resources that I can look at to guide me?
I understand that running DCPROMO will remove the AD services, however I was hoping for some more advice on this.
Thanks for your help!