- Install a New Windows Server 2008 Forest
- Install a New Windows Server 2008 Child Domain
- Install a New Windows Server 2008 Domain Tree
- Install an Additional Windows Server 2008 Domain Controller
- Perform a Staged Installation of a Read-Only Domain Controller
- Install AD DS from Restored Backup Media
- Remove a Domain Controller from a Domain
- Forcing the Removal of a Windows Server 2008 Domain Controller
- Performing Metadata Cleanup
- Rename a Domain Controller
Remove a Domain Controller from a Domain
Solution: Remove the domain controller from the domain.
To remove a domain controller from a domain, perform the following steps using an AD DS account that has membership in the following AD DS group:
- Domain Admins
- Log on to the domain controller you want to remove from the domain.
- Click Start, click Run, type dcpromo, and click OK.
- On the Welcome to the Active Directory Domain Services Installation Wizard page, click Next.
If the domain controller is a global catalog server, a message appears to warn you about the effect of removing a global catalog server from the environment, as shown in Figure 3.50. Click OK to continue.
Figure 3.50 Global catalog warning.
- On the Delete the Domain page, make no selection if this is not the last domain controller in the domain. If you do want to delete the domain, select the option to delete the domain and click Next.
- On the Administrator Password page, type and confirm a secure password for the local Administrator account; then click Next.
- On the Summary page, click Next.
- The Active Directory Domain Services Installation Wizard deletes AD DS from the server.
- On the Completing the Active Directory Domain Services Installation Wizard page, click Finish. Then reboot the server.