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How to Demote a DC with a single server in Active Directory

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Anonymous
August 9, 2005 11:18:03 AM

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I have a single Windows 2000 server with Active Directory installed that runs
Citrix MetaFrame XP Version 1.0 for Windows. I am trying to upgrade MetaFrame
XP to MetraFrame Presentation Server 4.0 and found Citrix tech note CTX
106529 that I cannot install Presentation Server 4.0 on a domain controller.
Since I have one server at this point, what are the steps to move Active
Directory from the Citrix server to another Windows 2000 server? Also, do I
need to buy another Windows 2000 server license for the above purpose?

Thanks
Che
Anonymous
August 18, 2005 4:24:25 PM

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In news:76FCC342-C3A8-4240-8CB7-EFDC88820E88@microsoft.com,
Che <Che@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
> I have a single Windows 2000 server with Active Directory installed
> that runs Citrix MetaFrame XP Version 1.0 for Windows. I am trying to
> upgrade MetaFrame XP to MetraFrame Presentation Server 4.0 and found
> Citrix tech note CTX 106529 that I cannot install Presentation Server
> 4.0 on a domain controller. Since I have one server at this point,
> what are the steps to move Active Directory from the Citrix server to
> another Windows 2000 server? Also, do I need to buy another Windows
> 2000 server license for the above purpose?
>
> Thanks
> Che

You need another server to be a DC, if you have only one. You would also
need to transfer the FSMO roles to the new box before demoting the existing
DC. Of course, you need a license to run any version of Windows on any
hardware.
Frankly, I'd probably buy another server to use as my Citrix box anyway, and
leave the DC alone.
August 23, 2005 1:58:06 AM

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You will need another server (or transfer your Citrix functionality to
a new box.) It's best to keep these separate anyway. If anything
happes to that Citrix server your DC is gone and so is your Active
Directory (as you don't have a backup DC in your LAN.) Your Active
Directory stores everything about users and other network objects.
Protect this! If it goes down you've lost your users, your printer
objects, any GPO's you may have, etc.

If you've shelled out the cash for a Citrix box then $2,500 USD isn't
that bad for a new server and Windows 2000 Server 5CAL. You don't need
a killer box for a small office server (Citrix will need a bit more as
it uses RAM and CPU for performance if you have many users.) If your
current server is more robust (to act as a Citrix server) then just
get a really good PC, install Win 2k Server (or 2003
server...sometimes sold at better pricing than the old 2000 server!)
and promote that to a DC. Then you can demote your current DC (after
you transfer the FSMO roles, of course ;)  and have your way with the
CItrix issues.

>I have a single Windows 2000 server with Active Directory installed that runs
>Citrix MetaFrame XP Version 1.0 for Windows. I am trying to upgrade MetaFrame
>XP to MetraFrame Presentation Server 4.0 and found Citrix tech note CTX
>106529 that I cannot install Presentation Server 4.0 on a domain controller.
>Since I have one server at this point, what are the steps to move Active
>Directory from the Citrix server to another Windows 2000 server? Also, do I
>need to buy another Windows 2000 server license for the above purpose?
>
>Thanks
>Che
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