Move FSMO Roles from Physical Server and Decomission DC
Posted on 2013-01-10
Good day everyone. We currently have 4 Domain Controllers in our domain. The domain controller holding the FSMO roles is a very old Windows 2000 server. We would like to transfer the roles to a newer DC and decommission it.
Here is our layout:
FSMO role holder is a physical server, other 3 are VMs on different hosts (using Hyper-V)
The 3 other DCs are on Windows 2003 SP2
Would it be a good idea to have all DCs as VMs or should at least one be on a physical machine?
In a previous question, a fellow member informed me that the Hyper-V servers should be set in a workgroup (because if they are in the domain and all DCs are virtual, they boot up and there is no DC available until the Hyper-V server finishes loading and starts the VM.
I understand this but I have all Hosts in the domain as I use GP and for authentication purposes. Would the only way around this be to have a physical DC?