Migrate domain controller


Eduardo Sicouret


I have a windows 2000 domain.

I would like to know if there's a microsoft document to migrate all the
services from one domain controller to another computer.

I already have one windows 2000 server added as a domain controller, but i
would like to migrate de following too:

-- User-Desktops
-- Netlogon folder
-- Logon scripts
-- all domain controller services
-- anything else

I want to get rid of the actual domain controller... I don't want to depend
on it.

Any help will be appreciated.

Eduardo Sicouret

Richard G. Harper

I doubt there's any reasonable way to migrate "user desktops" off a domain
controller, and personally I would question why anyone's logged into a
domain controller enough to need the stuff from their own profile there.
But anyway...

Netlogon should be replicating automatically between all the domain
controllers, as should logon scripts. So no need to move that.

If you could be a bit more specific about "all domain controller services" -
which services do you mean? An Active Directory domain controller may hold
one or more FSMO roles that might need to be moved:


You also need to be sure that at least one copy of the Global Catalog will
survive after decommissioning the server:


Finally, be sure you properly decommission the server - use DCPROMO to
demote it, then remove it from the domain, then finally shut it down.

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You should always have two DCs with both having the GC and DNS.
This is a MICROSOFT recommendation.
This way if one server dies you still have Active Directory and can restore
from backups to get operational.
Otherwise you are back at square one and have to rebuild EVERYTHING

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