This article is for you if –
- You wish to demote a domain controller
- You need to find out about demoting a domain controller
- You wish to demote your domain domain controller to a member server
- This is the last member server in your domain and you no longer need the domain
- You have promoted a new domain controller and need to decommission this one
- You are following the Renaming a domain controller guide and wish to demote this domain controller before renaming the new one
Now lets demote a domain controller…
The procedure can be performed using two AD PowerShell cmdlets. Open a PowerShell Admin prompt and run the command as shown below.
Other parameters can be added to Uninstall-ADDSDomainController to reflect the options that are available in the Active Directory Domain Services Configuration Wizard.
For a full list of available parameters, use Get-Help Uninstall-ADDSDomainController.
Once the server has been demoted and rebooted, run Uninstall-WindowsFeature to remove the ADDS server role:
If you try to remove ADDS before demoting the domain controller, PowerShell will return an error.