shutting down server 2008r2 domain

Posted on 2012-08-25
Last Modified: 2012-10-16
hello we are going to do ups test today. Are there anyreasons why a microsoft domain shouldnt be shutdown completely because of time kerberos tickets etc ? We have all on vmware and one physical domaincontroller and all will be powered down.

Hopefully this wont be a problem in any case because otherwise.....well I will have a problem....
Question by:ict ict
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    by:Lior Karasenti
    We do test like this every few months and no problems at all

    Once we had server that was down for few months and this one caused problems to load
    back we had to get into the bios and change the date
    but again only after few months that the server was down
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    Be careful doing what liorkr did - it could seriously cause problems with Active Directory.

    Basically, there's no problem doing this, but to avoid generating unnecessary event log errors and delays in shutdown, you want to shut down systems in an order.  Specifically the last system to go down should be the domain controller.  It should also be the first system to come on, but you should also THINK about that your systems rely on.  If you've got systems that speak to a SQL server, then the SQL server should be turned on before the dependent system.  Virtual or otherwise, order doesn't matter in a VMWare environment. In a hyper-V environment it can be important to have a physical DC come up before the hyper-V systems IF the hyper-V systems are joined to the domain.

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    by:ict ict
    great tip...will go down in about 2 hours.....domain controller last and powerup domain controller first...thanks...
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    my vote to what leew says--good advice

    Author Comment

    by:ict ict
    thanks all everything went ok....manual shutdown took 30 minutes.... did it like advised

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