+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 4 of 4
Windows Server 2000/2003 Thread, removing a problem DC, which option is the best? in Technical; Hi all Currently one of my school's is running 2 DC's, a W2K3 PDC and a W2K BDC. Recently the ...
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Cornwall
    Posts
    123
    Thank Post
    6
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0

    removing a problem DC, which option is the best?

    Hi all
    Currently one of my school's is running 2 DC's, a W2K3 PDC and a W2K BDC. Recently the FRS has not been replicating and I've tried to sort it but have decided to demote the BDC to a member server. PDC holds the GC and all the operations master roles and is the primary DNS server.

    Bearing in mind that replication is not working would it be better to demote using dcpromo.exe (which will invoke a replication that will probably fail) or remove the BDC from the network and do a forceful demotion and meta data cleanup?

    What would happen if I just turned the BDC off (it's slated for retirement)?

    Any help or previous experiences gratefully welcome!!

  2. #2

    FN-GM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    15,406
    Thank Post
    797
    Thanked 1,593 Times in 1,395 Posts
    Blog Entries
    10
    Rep Power
    428
    What would happen if I just turned the BDC off (it's slated for retirement)?
    It will make things worse.

    I would try do a dcpromo first. If not remove it from AD manually.

  3. #3

    SYNACK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    10,707
    Thank Post
    829
    Thanked 2,571 Times in 2,188 Posts
    Blog Entries
    9
    Rep Power
    731
    I would try a dcpromo as this is the cleanest way, if that fails you can (as the roles are already on the other server) remove it from the network then do a manual cleanup of its AD object so that there are not broken refferences left in AD which could cause issues and prevent the use of that computername in future.

    Delete Failed DCs from Active Directory
    How to remove data in Active Directory after an unsuccessful domain controller demotion

  4. #4

    glennda's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Sussex
    Posts
    7,714
    Thank Post
    269
    Thanked 1,116 Times in 1,012 Posts
    Rep Power
    345
    I would do as synack says - if dcpromo fails you have the fallback option of the ad cleanup - if ad cleanup gets buggered up = alot more painstaking work!

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. [MS Office - 2007] Missing option in Outlook
    By leco in forum Office Software
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 12th September 2009, 10:42 PM
  2. which option would you choose??
    By mikeymike in forum Hardware
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 23rd February 2009, 01:43 PM
  3. Problem removing msi package
    By Andi in forum Windows
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 22nd August 2008, 02:31 PM
  4. [News] That Would've Been an Option Too
    By mattx in forum Jokes/Interweb Things
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 23rd July 2008, 10:30 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •