I have a domain user acct on a Server 2012 VM that's joined to a domain. Will I lose the domain acct if I remove the server from the domain?

Posted on 2014-03-20
Last Modified: 2014-03-20

I know this was the case on older operating systems. Wasn't sure if things have changed over the past several years. We have done a lot of work under a domain account but I must resolve an issue by removing and re-adding a 2012 server to our domain. If I lose that domain account during the process, we would have to do the work over again...which would put us behind several days.

Any help would be great.

Question by:mangamonster
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by:Santosh Gupta
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How many domain controller do you have ?
is replication working properly ?

if you have more than 1 domain controller and replication is working fine then you will not loose any domain account. after removing the 1 domain controller.

Note: Make sure you are not removing the server which has/holds any or all FSMO Role.

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ID: 39942353
Sorry - I should have mentioned that this server is a member of the domain only.
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Santosh Gupta earned 350 total points
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If it the only member server then you will NOT loss any Domain account. :)
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ID: 39942462
ok, so when I rejoin my server to the domain, I can log back into the user's domain profile and none of the data will be lost?
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by:Santosh Gupta
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ID: 39942963
Santosh is correct. When you remove the machine from the Domain, the account information is still on the machine. It will show as a SID until you rejoin the machine to the domain.

Once you rejoin the machine to the domain, the SID will be recognized, and you can use the logon normally. All security settings will be retained on the machine for this SID.

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ID: 39943453
Thanks, guys. I'll go ahead and move forward!

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