Demoting a Win 2000 Server DC so it can join another domain.
Posted on 2014-03-20
I am replacing a Win 2000 Server that is currently the DC in a single server domain. I am replacing it with a new server running Win 2012 Server Essentials.
I understand I can't introduce the 2012 server using the 'migrate domain' installation mode so here is what I am looking at doing.
1. Demote the 2000 server so it is not a DC for its domain, DOMAIN1
2. Join the 2000 server to the new 2012 server domain DOMAIN2
3. Join all of the workstations, there are only 10 of them, to DOMAIN2
The reason I am wanting to do it this way is I need to be able to have both servers on the same domain so their the old servers files can be copied across to the new server, and also because there is a server product that runs on the 2000 server that needs to be installed on the new server but still needs to be available to the workstations until that process is completed.
If there is an easier way to achieve this please don't hesitate to suggest it.
Thanks heaps in advance