Should I dcpromo to demote win2KDC now or wait after Exch2K remove

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by John, Apr 5, 2006.

  1. John

    John Guest

    Hi all,

    I introduced the new Win2K3 DCs to win2K environment and transfer all FSMO
    roles to Win2K3 DCs. I am about to demote the win2K DCs. I am going to
    install exchange 2003 servers and switch exch2K to exch2K3 (btw, exchange
    forestprep and domainprep have been done already). The question is when (the
    best) should I demote the Win2K DCs? 1)after remove exch2K 2) before
    introducing exch2K3 3)after introducing exch2K3 before remove exch2K?...

    Please advise. Will I have problem to remove Exch2K if I demote Win2K DCs
    before removing Exch2K?

    John, Apr 5, 2006
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  2. If Exchange is installed on a DC, you must move Exchange first. If you
    demote the DC when Exchange is installed you will be in an unsupported

    If Exchange is NOT installed on DCs, and is simply installed on your member
    servers it doesn't matter at all. Just ensure that DSAccess isn't manually
    configured to use one of the old DCs.
    Paul Williams [MVP], Apr 5, 2006
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  3. John

    John Guest

    I really appreciate your help and thank you very much!
    John, Apr 5, 2006
  4. If Exchange is installed on a DC, you must move Exchange first. If you
    I believe that is only for e2k3 and not for e2k



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    Jorge de Almeida Pinto [MVP], Apr 17, 2006
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