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Best way to configure an old server?

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We just installed a new server in our office and I'm not sure what to do with the old one.  It still runs perfectly fine but I'd like to know if I should demote it or not.  I was thinking about joining it to the new domain controller but how should I do it?  Would DCPromo do the job?

The old server is 2008 Foundation, the new one is 2012 Essentials.


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If you don't have a backup DC, you could use it as one.
Or, use it as storage. e.g. file archives.
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Give it as a donation for a school or another  institution

On the flip side you can always use it as backup server
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How can I configure a backup server?

And yes, we'll eventually give it to a school.
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by:Akhater
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Create a file share on it. Let other server use this location as a storage for their backups
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Should I demote the old server and join it to the new server's domain?
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by:Akhater
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yes it would be easier to do the configuration however I don't think you can join a windows foundation  unless it is a DC itself ...

can you format it and install another OS ?
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I doubt it.  It's not feasible.
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Not feasible from which perspective?
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What are the hardware specs of the old server?
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> The old server is 2008 Foundation, the new one is 2012 Essentials.

>Best way to configure an old server?
Purchase a new operating system for it or donate it.  You can't have both Foundation and Essentials on the same domain.  If Foundation is to run in a domain, it MUST be the FSMO master DC.  Essentials MUST be in a domain and it must be the FSMO master DC.  You can't have TWO FSMO masters. Thus, you cannot use both on the same domain.  You could separate them in separate domains, but in my opinion, that's silly and an administrative headache at best.
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That's fine.  I'll just demote it.  Is there a specific way to demote it?  My biggest concern is that I won't have a username/password to log onto it once it's back to being a basic server without AD/DS.
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The Foundation system would have to be placed in Workgroup mode - it CANNOT be a member server of the domain either.  It's it's on a domain it MUST be the FSMO master DC.

The process of demoting should allow you to set a local admin password.

Leaving it on for any length of time will likely result in the system shutting down on it's own every few hours.
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Depending on it's hardware, you could use it for something else.
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