Wht happens to domain accounts after dcpromo to stand-alone server?

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Gregg Hill, Jul 5, 2006.

  1. Gregg Hill

    Gregg Hill Guest


    I inherited a single-server Windows 2000 domain that has two workstations on
    the domain and three that are in a workgroup with the same name as the
    domain. The DC has a bizarre long name, and I would like to rename it, but
    since it is the only DC and the only server, the only way to do so would be
    to dcpromo it to a stand-alone server. My question is: what happens to the
    domain accounts (about ten accounts for the five workstations) if I do a
    dcpromo out of the domain? Do they get converted to local accounts on the
    server, or do they just get deleted?

    If the domain accounts become regular local accounts on the server after
    dcpromo down to a stand-alone, I assume I could then rename the server to
    something logical, then dcpromo back to a domain, add the three workstations
    that were in a workgroup, take the two previous domain members and change to
    workgroup then place them into the new domain.

    Am I any where near correct on what happens to the accounts after dcpromo?

    Thank you!

    Gregg Hill
    Gregg Hill, Jul 5, 2006
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  2. Gregg Hill

    Gregg Hill Guest


    I was afraid of the accounts going away. I have done a swing migration from
    NT4 to 2003 and your step 2 is one of the steps. I was trying to avoid that,
    but I guess it's not that hard to do. Probably a lot easier than recreating
    the users.

    Thanks for the help!

    Gregg Hill
    Gregg Hill, Jul 6, 2006
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