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Decommissioning old domain controller. Anything to double check?

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I currently have 4 domain controllers in one site. I am also running Exchange 2010. It is NOT installed on any of the domain controllers.

Domain Controllers:
DC1 - Win 2003 - Global Catalog - DNS server - Holds FSMO roles
DC2 - Win 2003 - DNS server
DC4 - Win 2008 R2 - Global Catalog - DNS server
DC2008 - WIn 2008 R2 - Global Catalog - DNS server

I want to demote DC2 and then decommission it. If there anything in particular I should double check before running DCPromo to demote it?
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I would just ensure that within DNS that there are no zones which are not AD Integrated.  Otherwise they wouldn't replicate around to the other DC's.  It is unlikely since they're all in the same site, but it is legacy.
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by:Seth Simmons
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also change any systems with static ip addresses and andy dhcp scopes that have dc2 as a defined dns server for clients
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by:donohoe1
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Already done. We've also waiting well last the DHCP lease period to ensure all clients have the new (non-DC2) settings.

Sorry I forgot to mention that.
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Then sounds like you're ready for dcpromo.
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I'm mostly just worried about it affecting our Exchange 2010 environment in some way. I've heard a couple horror stories about demoting a DC taking down Exchange 2010.
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by:Suliman Abu Kharroub
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Just make sure that all FSMO are hosted in DC01:
Run: netdom query fsmo

Then check the domain using dcdiag if there is any issue to be solved before the demotion.
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We're good on both counts.
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Then you should be safe to decommission... make sure that exchange servers are not using it as a DNS server.... remove its ip from exchange NICs config.
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Done. I also checked each Exchange server to make sure its preferred DC wasn't DC2.
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You could power off DC2 and see if Exchange tosses any errors.  Wait an hour or two or until tomorrow and then power it on then run the DCpromo.
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