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Temporarily decommissioning a domain controller [message #160421] Thu, 27 August 2009 09:33 Go to next message
Pandu  is currently offline Pandu  United States
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Hello,

We need to temporarily take down one of our branch office domain
controllers (W2003 standard ed. - sp2) for atleast a month. Would
there be any adverse affects by taking a server down for this long? I
am wondering whether AD or DNS could remove the server from the
database and thus causing problems when we do bring the server online
again.

The branch office users will be using remote desktop to work during
this period.
Thanks
Re: Temporarily decommissioning a domain controller [message #160422 is a reply to message #160421] Thu, 27 August 2009 09:45 Go to previous messageGo to next message
pbbergs  is currently offline pbbergs  United States
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30 days shouldn't be a big deal. You need to watch when you hit 90+ days
and you run into tombstoning of records.

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"Pandu" <raheemm1@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:74263cce-d137-4ba1-83d2-20afe1ff897b@e27g2000yqm.googlegroups.com...
> Hello,
>
> We need to temporarily take down one of our branch office domain
> controllers (W2003 standard ed. - sp2) for atleast a month. Would
> there be any adverse affects by taking a server down for this long? I
> am wondering whether AD or DNS could remove the server from the
> database and thus causing problems when we do bring the server online
> again.
>
> The branch office users will be using remote desktop to work during
> this period.
> Thanks
Re: Temporarily decommissioning a domain controller [message #160423 is a reply to message #160422] Thu, 27 August 2009 11:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
aceman  is currently offline aceman  United States
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"Paul Bergson [MVP-DS]" <pbbergs@no_spammsn.com> wrote in message
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> 30 days shouldn't be a big deal. You need to watch when you hit 90+ days
> and you run into tombstoning of records.
>

60 for Windows 2000, and 180 for 2003.

:-)

Ace
Re: Temporarily decommissioning a domain controller [message #160424 is a reply to message #160423] Thu, 27 August 2009 12:28 Go to previous messageGo to next message
pbbergs  is currently offline pbbergs  United States
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I thought it was 90 for 2000, thx for the catch.

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"Ace Fekay [MCT]" <aceman@mvps.RemoveThisPart.org> wrote in message
news:%23zdmKwzJKHA.2516@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
> "Paul Bergson [MVP-DS]" <pbbergs@no_spammsn.com> wrote in message
> news:e1uFy1yJKHA.3724@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
>> 30 days shouldn't be a big deal. You need to watch when you hit 90+ days
>> and you run into tombstoning of records.
>>
>
> 60 for Windows 2000, and 180 for 2003.
>
> :-)
>
> Ace
>
>
Re: Temporarily decommissioning a domain controller [message #160427 is a reply to message #160424] Thu, 27 August 2009 12:48 Go to previous messageGo to next message
aceman  is currently offline aceman  United States
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"Paul Bergson [MVP-DS]" <pbbergs@no_spammsn.com> wrote in message
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>I thought it was 90 for 2000, thx for the catch.

Unless it was changed in SP4? I believe it wasn't, but then again, I could
be wrong!
Re: Temporarily decommissioning a domain controller [message #160431 is a reply to message #160427] Thu, 27 August 2009 15:15 Go to previous messageGo to next message
meiweb  is currently offline meiweb  Germany
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Hello Ace Fekay [MCT],

Here is an overview over the different versions:

- Windows 2000 (all SPs) = 60 Days
- Windows Server 2003 without SP = 60 Days
- Windows Server 2003 with SP1 = 180 Days
- Windows Server 2003 R2 with SP1, installed with both R2 disks = 60 Days
- Windows Server 2003 R2 with SP1, installed with the First R2 disk = 180
Days
- Windows Server 2003 with SP2 = 180 Days
- Windows Server 2003 R2 with SP2 = 180 Days
- Windows Server 2008 = 180 Days
- Windows Server 2008 R2 = 180 Days

The tombstone lifetime is listed in the schema.ini and will be set during
the promotion of the first DC in the forest. The entry in the schema.ini
" tombstoneLifetime=<number of days>"

Translated in short from:
http://blog.dikmenoglu.de/PermaLink,guid,98a23bfe-f3ff-4012- 8fc3-13b98ecbb972.aspx

Best regards

Meinolf Weber
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> "Paul Bergson [MVP-DS]" <pbbergs@no_spammsn.com> wrote in message
> news:u9rKpQ0JKHA.1376@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
>
>> I thought it was 90 for 2000, thx for the catch.
>>
> Unless it was changed in SP4? I believe it wasn't, but then again, I
> could be wrong!
>
Re: Temporarily decommissioning a domain controller [message #160433 is a reply to message #160431] Thu, 27 August 2009 16:17 Go to previous message
aceman  is currently offline aceman  United States
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"Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS]" <meiweb@(nospam)gmx.de> wrote in message
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> Hello Ace Fekay [MCT],
>
> Here is an overview over the different versions:
>
> - Windows 2000 (all SPs) = 60 Days
> - Windows Server 2003 without SP = 60 Days
> - Windows Server 2003 with SP1 = 180 Days
> - Windows Server 2003 R2 with SP1, installed with both R2 disks = 60 Days
> - Windows Server 2003 R2 with SP1, installed with the First R2 disk = 180
> Days
> - Windows Server 2003 with SP2 = 180 Days
> - Windows Server 2003 R2 with SP2 = 180 Days
> - Windows Server 2008 = 180 Days
> - Windows Server 2008 R2 = 180 Days
>
> The tombstone lifetime is listed in the schema.ini and will be set during
> the promotion of the first DC in the forest. The entry in the schema.ini "
> tombstoneLifetime=<number of days>"
>


Thank you, Meinolf!!

Ace
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