Can I demote a Windows DC, remove it from the domain and then rename another server with that same name?
Posted on 2014-09-24
I have a Win2003 R2 Domain Controller named FS1 and another Win2003 R2 Domain Controller named DC2. The plan is to add Win2008 R2 DC's and remove Win2003 DC's.
FS1 holds all FSMO roles, DNS, DHCP and is a file server. After I add a Win2008 DC I plan to transfer FSMO roles, transfer DHCP and demote FS1 to a member server so that it continues to function as the File Server. Once this is completed I plan to install a new Win2012 R2 member server (FS2) and move the files over to this new server.
With that, my question is....
After I demote FS1, after I move the files to a new file server (FS2), after I remove FS1 from the domain can I go back and rename the new file server from (FS2) to (FS1) so that drive mappings are not broken on my client machines? I know that I can setup GPO's for drive mappings but almost all my users have several very unique mappings.