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What services to I need to pause to take a domain server offline for maintenance

Posted on 2014-09-11
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Currently, I stop the Workstation, Server, and Netlogon service so that we keep the users from logging into the server when we are doing maintenance. They can still log in but they have access to nothing. Is there a way to make it so that when the users try to log in, they will get a message stating that the server or domain is unavailable?
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None, as long as you're going to bring that same server back online within a day or two.  The client computers will cache users' logon credentials so they can still log in.  Not all services will be available, as some things won't use or have cached credentials.  

FWIW, you should have at least two DCs for fault tolerance/disaster recovery.  If that were the case here, you'd have nothing to worry about.
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