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    converting an old domain server

    Hi there

    I've worked as a technician for about 6 weeks now. The school I work at has two domains, the curicculum domain, and the admin domain.

    The admin domain server machine has recently been replaced, and I was told that the old server machine would be left sitting doing absolutely nothing.

    Its not a bad machine, a little aged but I want to put it on the network to work in conjunction with the Curriculim domain controller, as a backup incase the main server fails.

    Now the fun part.. I have absolutely NO idea how to do this. The old server is still set up to be the Domain controller for the Admin domain.

    Any rescources on this sort of thing would be great.

    Thanks!

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    Re: converting an old domain server

    Personally I would recommend you rebuild it from scratch. Failing that you should start it connected to a network seperate to your school one, demote it, remove all the extra services used for a DC (DHCP, DNS, etc) and make it run happily on it's own ...

    Then join put it on the same network as the curriculum server, make it a member server of that domain ... and then add the required services again, promote it and see how it goes.

    *Make sure you have a good and tested backup of the curriculum DC before you do this*

    But I would stil recommend a clean build ... it is only a day or two of work to do it and secure it.

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    Re: converting an old domain server

    Thanks for your reply

    Unfortunately I dont have the relevant software to rebuld the machine from scratch, it was supplied by the county council.

    I might just install a bog standard windows 2000 on it, and use it as a print server, to be perfectly honest the specs arent that much more than your average modern PC, slightly less if anything.

    Cheers for the advice!

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    Re: converting an old domain server

    If you have the license for windows 2000 I'm sure you could go to EBAY and buy a windows 2000 server CD for very little.

    Wes

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