Demoting a member server

Hello,

We have a SBS 2011 server, and one server 2003 R2 that is a member server with the following roles installed:

File server, application server, Domain Controller and DNS server. We want to remove this server.

What will the most proper way of completing this?
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Radhakrishnan RSenior Technical LeadCommented:
Hi,

Just to clarify, is the server has domain controller role enabled? if so, how come it's member server?  this should be a DC?

You just want to demote this server or you need the other roles (file server, application server) to be migrated to other server?

If this server with roles no longer required then 1) If it is a member server - Remove from domain, remove the roles, clear dns entries. 2) If this is a DC - dcpromo to demote the dc, metadata cleanup, manaully remove dns entries, remove other roles etc.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Using the wrong terminology can result in wrong information.

If your 2003 server is a DC, then it's NOT a member server - the two are mutually exclusive.

You need to run DCPROMO on the 2003 server and demote the domain controller TO a member server.  Then you can just remove it from the network and delete the computer account (after you've moved all it's services to other servers, of course).

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