How can I stop a domain controller being a domain controller

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Domain Controller
Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Network administration
I have 2 domain controllers and I would like to stop on of them acting as a DC as I think there are some conflicts. Is it possible to do this?

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“To demote a domain controller
On a domain controller, click Start, and then click Run.

In Open, type dcpromo to open the Active Directory Installation Wizard, and then click Next.

On the Remove Active Directory page, click Next, and then continue to follow the wizard.


Before you complete this procedure, verify that this domain controller is not the only global catalog and that it does not hold an operations master role.”

Have a look at this Microsoft article: Demote a domain controller.

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  • CRagsdale32
    question Carlosdl.... doesn't that wizard delete the entire Domain controller? And if so is there a method to only disable the controler while still keeping it in the list?
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  • carlosdl
    Demote a domain controller means that the server will stop being a domain controller. It will become a member server. You might want to share with us what exactly you need to do or what functionalities you want to disable, and/or what conflicts are these DCs having.
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  • Larryace
    I also want to demote the domain controller from windows 2000. Because I am using Windows 2003 as Domain Controller and windows 2000 as secondary domain controller. Now I have to migrate the Servers to Server 2008. So I have to raise the domain functional level before I do Migration. To Raise the Domain Functional Level from Windows 2003 I need to seize the windows 2000 Domain controller. But if the migration is not successful, I want to use back the Secondary Domain Controller. So is it possible to stop the Domain Controller Service in Windows 2000 and Enable back if the migration has some problem. thats why I am thinking it is necessary to demote the Domain Controller from Windows 2000
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