How do I promote a SBS 2003 to a domain controller

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Ernestovr, Oct 5, 2004.

  1. Ernestovr

    Ernestovr Guest

    I made a huge mistake and demoted a SBS2003 to a standalone. I thought this
    would help to share files. Anyway know that I know that it will not stay on
    I have to promote it back. I use the demote tool to demoted will there be
    the same tool to re-promote it.

    Thank you

    Ernestovr, Oct 5, 2004
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  2. Ernestovr

    Gordon Ryan Guest

    use the same tool, DCPROMO.EXE to promote it back to a DC.
    Gordon Ryan, Oct 6, 2004
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  3. I would rerun the integrated setup... since the server is probably messed up
    pretty bad (i.e. Exchange, et. al. shouldn't work). In fact... I would
    reinstall from scratch and chalk this up to experience.
    Javier Gomez [SBS MVP], Oct 6, 2004
  4. Or, besides re-installing - use this as an opportunity to test your disaster
    recovery techniques . . . Back up any application-specific data (e.g.
    accounting data or other LOB data) and email (I like to have multiple
    backups of Exchange (online, offline & exported psts if possible before
    doing anything drastic) that may have changed since you demoted the server,
    then take your most recent full system backup from right before this
    happened (which is why you want to have a good backup rotation so you can go
    back a little bit if you need to), restore your server to it's state prior
    to the demotion, then restore your application data & email


    Chad A. Gross - SBS MVP
    Chad A. Gross [SBS Community Member], Oct 6, 2004
  5. Ernestovr

    Ernestovr Guest

    Thank you very much everyone but I will need to repromote using the tool.
    Reinstalling it would take to long. we don't have that kind of time.

    Again thank you all.

    Ernestovr, Oct 7, 2004
  6. if you repromote it you will spend a LOT more time than flatten and redo.
    SuperGumby [SBS MVP], Oct 7, 2004
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