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How to remove Active Directory

By mrj ·
I'm looking to remove AD from a W2K server which used to be part of a 3 server domain. It is now a "simple" server with only 5 clients.

I've been able to find many helpful responses to how to resolve problems encountered when removing AD, but I can't find anywhere either any specific intructions nor checklist nor discussion papers about this (including the server CD). I'd rather ensure I've covered all angles before starting out on this!

Has anyone come across any such discussion/documentation?


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Its easy

by Fvazquez In reply to How to remove Active Dire ...

Go to start menu, run and type dcpromo and follow the wizard it will remove the active directoy from that machine

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Have you used dcpromo?

by jmissild In reply to How to remove Active Dire ...

If you run dcpromo from a command prompt you can completely remove Active Directory from that server. It will not be able to perform any Domain controller functions after this proceedure. If you have formatted or removed this machine from your Windows 2000 domain improperly then you will need to use the NTDSutil from Microsoft. There is information on how to remove active directory domain controllers using this utility.

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by mrj In reply to Have you used dcpromo?

Thanks v much for the above - exactly the sort of "extraneous" info I'm looking for. It's easy to just run dcpromo & hope for the best, but far better to research the possible implications of snapins (particularly DHCP, File replication, DNS etc). Looks like the NTDSutils & assoc info will point me in the right direction - again thanks!

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