Steps by Step Process to demote domain controller 2012

No More DCPROMO

Demote windows server 2012 domain controller

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You might be wondering that, I am going to run DCPROMO and demote the server. But it is not the case in Windows Server 2012. DCPROMO has been removed from latest version of OS and now you have to use GUI. Below is the error message you would get after running DCPROMO on Domain Controller.

Demote windows server 2012 domain controller

Demote domain controller 2012

In Windows Server 2012 R2, we can user Server Manager or Powershell to Demote windows server 2012 domain controller. But in this article I am going to user GUI method to make it simple. So, here are the steps.

Explore Server Manager and on the right hand side of it find Manage and click “Remove Roles and Features” option.

Demote windows server 2012 domain controller

Before you begin window is to review and notify you to save data on the server.

Demote windows server 2012 domain controller

In Windows Server 2012, you can also promote or demote servers remotely, so make sure to check, “Select a Server from Server pool” and select correct hostname. Click Next

Demote windows server 2012 domain controller

On the Remove Server roles wizard, select Active Directory Domain Services and click Next.

Demote windows server 2012 domain controller

Once you click on ADDS role, it will ask to remove features related to ADDS.

demote domain controller 2012

On the Remove Roles and Features Wizard, click on Demote this Domain Controller

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On the Active Directory Domain Services Wizard, Enter Domain Admin credentials and click Next.

Demote windows server 2012 domain controller

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Take Care of Warnings

On the Warnings wizard, select the default options and click Next.

Demote windows server 2012 domain controller

On the New Administrator Password wizard, put the password you would like to use it after demotion of the server. And Click Next

Demote windows server 2012 domain controller

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Finalize Demotion

Review your demotion options and click on the Demote button. Demotion process would start and it would take time depends the performance of the server.

Demote windows server 2012 domain controller

Demotion has been completed and now server would be a member of the domain.You have to perform cleanup of the object from AD sites n Services. In the next Article, we will see how to demote Domain Controller forcefully.

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