Demote Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller
Posted on 2013-11-07
Ok, so I just installed a new Windows 2012 server and promoted it to a domain controller in an existent 2003 domain. The 2003 domain controller is still, running, I haven't done anything with it. The servers have probably been replicating about a day by time anyone reads this. The Windows 2012 server is a hyper V machine. It is running the domain controller on the host as I have not created any virtual machines yet. I've decided after researching that it would be better to just leave the host as a member server to save resources and spin up a virtual machine as the 2012 domain controller instead. My question is, what is the best way to demote the 2012 server back to a member server? It shouldn't have any negative impact on the domain since it is still on a functional level of 2003, correct? Please give me steps. Thanks.