Lab 5 – DC Demote

Lab 5 – DC Demote

  1. Open Server Manager -> Click Manage, and then Remove Roles & Features.

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2. Review the Before You Begin page, Click Next

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3. On Select Destination Server page, select the target DC and click Next

Note: The 2016 Server Manager allows roles and features to be installed and removed remotely.

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4. On the Remove Server roles, click on the Active Directory Domain Services box to remove the check box, and select select Remove Features.

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5. On the Remove Roles and Features Wizard dialog box Validation Results box will appearThe domain controller must be demoted before continuing.  Click on Demote this domain controller.

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Note:  To demote a replica domain controller you must be at the least a Domain Admin to remove an entire domain from the forest or to demote the last DC of a Forest you must provide Enterprise Admin credentials.

Note:  Only select Force the removal of this domain controller if the DC and not communicate with the remaining DCs

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6. On the New Administrator Password, enter and confirm the new local administrator account password, click Next

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7. On the Review Options verify the information is correct and click Demote

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8. This will begin the demotion process. To finish the demotion the server will automatically restart

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9. If this server is not going to be promoted back to a domain controller in the future rerun the Remove Roles and Features Wizard to remove the AD DS Role from the server.

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