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NT4 server PDC downgrade to PDC

By robgreaves ·
I have ordered a new NT4 server. I asked for it to be configured as a BDC. The idea was that we could put it on our network do some configuration and then promote it to PDC.

Is there anyway I can demote the PDC to a BDC or do I have to do a reinstall of NT4?
Maybe a reinstall is the less hassle route?

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by IT Tech In reply to NT4 server PDC downgrade ...

You don't have to reinstall NT you can demote your current PDC to BDC and then promote your new server to PDC with no problem. Have done it many times, you will too if you have many NT servers, it happens when hardware dies. If you have any questions leave a note. Have a good day

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by ghayes In reply to NT4 server PDC downgrade ...

In addition to the first answer, you can do this using Server Manager in NT 4.0. Once in server manager highlight your BDC and click on computer in the upper left corner. From there you choose Promote to PDC.

-GH

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by bohicam1 In reply to NT4 server PDC downgrade ...

No problem doing that. Just remember to promote the BDC(new one) to a PDC before you demote the original PDC to BDC. This is a common thing to do, should go off without any troubles. When you bring the new box online, go into server manager and while the new puter is highlighted, go into the top left corner and choose "computer". From that dropdown menu, click "promote to primary domain controller", this will replicate the SAM and also make the SAM a read/write copy. Then you can go to your existing PDC and go through the same steps, only demoting it to a BDC.
Good luck!

Mike

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