Migrating Windows 2012 R2 Domain Controllers to Windows Server 2019 - Part2

Promote Secondary DC (Srv04):

We demoted DC02 and shutdown the server. Now we can use its Computer Name and IP Address on  the Srv04.

Let's change Srv04's IP Address to, Primary DNS, Secondary DNS and change Computer Name to DC02 and join this server to the domain. 

Select and Add Active Directory Domain Services Role  (referenced as DC02 from now on) on the new server



After ADDS role is installed, Promote this server to a domain controller



Enter DSRM password and click Next



I have only 1 DC, so just continue with default settings for replication



Finally click Install


It is recommended to leave the servers about 3 or 4 days for replication to complete in a production environment. I checked my AD Sites and Services, DNS records, Conditional Forwarders, Computer Objects etc and they all seem fine. Let's run Active Directory Replication Status Tool once more to make sure everything is really fine.


Make sure all your domain controllers are passing the connectivity, SYSVOL, and advertising tests with no errors after running the command below:

dcdiag /e /test:sysvolcheck /test:advertising



Now we can carry FSMO roles from DC01 to DC02 and then demote DC01. So, In Part3, we will be carrying FSMO roles.


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