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(2014-12-03) Incorrect Statement When Demoting An RODC While Retaining Metadata

Posted by Jorge on 2014-12-03


When demoting an RODC, you have two options for an end result:

  1. The RODC is demoted and became a domain joined member server
  2. The RODC is demoted and became a stand-alone server (non-domain joined) and its metadata is kept in AD

Let’s go through the process and demote an RODC.

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Figure 1: The Active Directory Domain Services Configuration Wizard – Credentials For Demotion

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Figure 2: The Active Directory Domain Services Configuration Wizard – Explicitly Confirming The Demotion

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Figure 3: The Active Directory Domain Services Configuration Wizard – Choosing Whether Or Not To Retain The Metadata Of The RODC

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Figure 4: The Active Directory Domain Services Configuration Wizard – Password For The Local Administrator

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Figure 5: The Active Directory Domain Services Configuration Wizard – Summary Of The End Result

The PowerShell script:

#
# Windows PowerShell script for AD DS Deployment
#

Import-Module ADDSDeployment
Uninstall-ADDSDomainController `
-DemoteOperationMasterRole:$true `
-RetainDCMetadata:$true `
-Force:$true

The statement in figure 5 is incorrect. Because I selected "Retain Metadata" (see figure 3), the statement should be: "When the process is complete, this server will be a stand-alone server (non-domain joined)". When you retain the metadata of an RODC, it becomes "unoccupied" which allows you to attach to when promoting a new RODC with the same name.

If you did not select "Retain Metadata", the statement in figure 5 is correct.

Cheers,
Jorge
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