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active directory - join as child later??

By peggy.j.settel ·
I have a parent domain in active directory. I'm having issue currently trying to join a new win2k server as a child, but need to get it up and running TODAY. If I make the new server a new domain, with a new domain tree, and a new forest of domain trees...can I later join this domain as a child to a parent? Or would have have to uninstall active directory (losing all my accounts!) and reinstall it?

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active directory - join as child later??

by The Dreamer In reply to active directory - join a ...

Dear PJS52,
This reply may already have come late. And by now you probably already know that if you intend to make a computer Domain Controller (Whether or of a child domain or otherwise) you cannot make it join another Domain. Domain Controllers do not and cannot join domains, only member servers and standalone servers do and can. For a machine that is already a DC to switch domains, it must be demoted first. If you are not able to make that computer a DC of a new child domain just yet, you can run it as a member server until you're ready to promote it, other than that you will have to un-install and re-install Active Directory.

Sorry to tell you what you already know.

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