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Ed Bott's Microsoft Challenge--3/2/00

By ebott ·
How well do you know the new domain model in Windows 2000? Help me?and your fellow TechRepublic members?with this stumper. Here?s the scenario: You add a second domain controller to your Windows 2000 domain. Later, you decide to retire the original domain controller. What steps do you have to go through to make the change? (Hint: It?s not as easy as it was with NT4, where you could simply demote the old DC and promote the secondary DC to a primary role.) If you think you?ve got the answers, click here. Because this challenge is extra tough, I?ll award a total of 2000 points for the correct response. Don?t delay, though?I?ll accept answers only until Thursday, March 9.

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by jlivingston In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

I'll be the first to admit that I know very little about Windows 2000. From what I have learned, however, I was under the impression that if you remove active directory from the domain controller, you no longer have a domain controller but rather amember server. Try uninstalling active directory. This is superior to NT 4.0 because you don't have to reinstall server to make a DC into a member server. As for Primary and secondary Domain Controllers, I haven't learned enough yet...

Jason

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by robert.manning In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

My understanding was that all Domain Controllers are equal under Windows 2000 so there is no need to demote a primary and promote a secondary anymore as all DCs hold a master copy of the AD.

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by dpeach In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Set up the new DC;
Ensure DNS is configured properly on the domain first. Execute the "dcpromo" utility. Answer all questions or accept defaults. You must know thw FQDN for the existing Domain. Set up the shared sysvol location (NTFS). Set up DNSon the server if applicable. Provide directory services restore password. When replication is complete ensure AD is running properly.

Demote old DC;
Run "dcpromo" and select all options to remove AD from the server. Reboot the server.

note- excerpt from KB article K238369

"When a domain controller is demoted, if it is not the last domain
controller in the domain, it performs a final replication and then transfers the
roles to another domain controller. As part of the demotion process, the Dcpromo
utility removes the configuration data for the domain controller from Active
Directory. This data takes the form of an NTDS Settings object, which exists as
a child to the server object in Active Directory Sites and Services Manager.
After the domai

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by RasmusW In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

All you have to do is to run dcpromo from the domain controller you would like to demote.
Then select Remove Active directory, enter the correct password etc., and when dcpromo has finished making its changes, the active directory has been removed from the domain controller, and it has now become a member server.
There are no steps to take on the second domain controller, as domain controllers are equal in active directory domains.

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by RasmusW In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

All you have to do is to run dcpromo from the domain controller you would like to demote.
Then select Remove Active directory, enter the correct password etc., and when dcpromo has finished making its changes, the active directory has been removed from the domain controller, and after a reboot it willb become a member server.
There are no steps to take on the second domain controller, as domain controllers are equal in active directory domains.

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