I am looking for guidance on how best to promote one of my domain controllers to operations master. Here's my situation.
Our main PDC (Operations Master) server is gone. It's power supplies died and we did not want to replace them since it was an old server anyway. Our second server, which had all of our data and a copy of the Active Directory anyway serves our needs fine, without needing to replace the old server.
How do I promote the existing server to Operations Master and I also need to raise the functional level as well. It is currently set to Windows Server 2003 functional level. I would like to upgrade it to functional level for Windows Server 2008.
I also have yet a new server I have brought online which I would like to serve as another DC but cannot do so until I resolve some of these issues.
So, main question is how do I perform some of these tasks when the old DC and Ops Master died unexpectedly so we could not perform a graceful cutover.
If I open the Active Directory Users and Computers and under Domain Controllers try to delete the old server that is permanently offline, I eventually get to a dialog that prompts me per the attached screenshot. Is it OK for me to permanently remove the old server this way?
TIA for any assistance!