3 Servers down to 1 Server
Posted on 2015-02-07
Hello my friends,
I have a customer who HAD 3 servers all working in some role or fashion doing some tasks.... (before my entrance)
NOw... I'm the IT guy.
They have only 1 server because the other 2 simply DIED.
Problem I need to solve:
The single server works for their needs right now, they're IN production. But it's NOT setup as the DC. Both DNS are pointed to the now offline and dead servers. I need to set this single server up as THE ONLY server with authority. I've never dealt with a forest so have no clue how to tell it there are no other servers to look for /shrug.
they don't even have their client pc's on a domain. they're all on a workgroup.
So the ONLY purpose this server is at work for is central data....in my mind this makes the changes I need to make alot easier since no client is connected via anything other than a network drive share.
I just want to tighten up this server (which is VERY NEW by the way) to be a controller. They don't even have dhcp turned on....it's barely being utilized.
so to clarify...
How can i make this box the boss of all things without breaking their current use of data shares. I'm hoping it's as easy as adding/installing the roles but i need someone smarter than I to tell me.
The other issue is how do get this server to not think it's part of a forest, but standalone and not look to any other place but itself for authority.
Thank you to all,