RE: Demoting Win2000 server with Exchange 2000

  • From: "Mark Fugatt" <mark@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "'[ExchangeList]'" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2003 13:51:50 -0400

First of all, you can have more than one GC per domain, in fact it is
recommended that you have 1 GC per site, and there is another recommendation
of 1 GC for every x number of DC's but I cannot remember what x is at the

As long as your Exchange server is not holding any of the AD FSMO's then you
should not have a problem with demoting it.

Mark Fugatt 
MCT, MCSE, Microsoft Exchange MVP 
Pentech Office Solutions Inc 
Tel:  585 586 3890
Cell: 585 576 4750
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-----Original Message-----
From: Vadim Shulaev [mailto:vadim@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Friday, July 18, 2003 1:35 PM
To: [ExchangeList]

I have been thinking about it for a while now...
I have Exchange 2000 sp3 running on 2K server which is also DC2 in the
domain. It is not a GC or anything, just a secondary DC in the domain.
I installed DC on the server first and then Exchange software.
Everything seems to running good, except i have some replication issues
with GC DC. Someone previously made both of the DC's GC and AD was getting
confused, but i made the chages back as you can have only one GC server
per domain.

Now i am having all kinds of "strange" issues with replication and i was
wondering if i can demote this server to memeber server, remove AD from it
and later on proote it back to DC. This should cleanup my connections and
regenerate them again.

If i do demote this server which has Exch2000 on it, will the mail server
sill work without DC on it??? Have anyone done this before???


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