Upgrading from Evaluation to Standard on a Domain Controller – Windows Server 2012 R2

Upgrading from Evaluation to Standard on a Domain Controller – Windows Server 2012 R2

Very interesting scenario. We used the 2012 R2 Evaluation copy when it came out and 6 months later it was just about to expire and the machine would shutdown every 1 hour. Getting to know how to convert from Evaluation to Standard/Datacenter I quickly got overwhelmed by the “You cannot convert domain controllers”. Since my server was a DC and my only DC I had to play a bit in order to achieve the conversion. First I install a virtual machine with a normal standard 2012 R2. I install AD and promote it to a DC. I confirm that AD has replicated to DC2 and then I demote the original server. Before I demote it I make sure that I transfer all the master roles to DC2. Once all is done and the server DC1 is demoted I run the command to convert from Eval to Standard copy. After the reboot the command has run successful. Then I promote DC1 to domain controller again, I move all the master roles back to it, i demote DC2, remove it from the domain, delete it from AD and the migration completed successfully. So in this “conversion” video we have the chance to actually experience demoting and promoting of domain controllers and transfer of master operational roles. Enjoy.

Here are all the articles you may need in the process :

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc778806%28v=ws.10%29.aspx

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc755885%28WS.10%29.aspx

https://www.google.bg/search?q=netlogon.dns&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=sb&gfe_rd=cr&ei=AbagU7HUKsXc8geYzoGQCg

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/Active_Directory/Q_26902640.html

http://blogs.interfacett.com/how-to-demote-a-domain-controller-dc-in-windows-server-2012-active-directory-domain-services-ad-ds

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/296882

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj574204.aspx

And the video

Installing Active Directory on Windows Server 2012

Installing Active Directory on Windows Server 2012

Installing Active Directory on Windows Server 2012

This video will show how to install a brand new Active Directory Domain Services on a fresh Windows Server 2012 installation. Personally i like the new AD installation much more than the previous versions. It installs the DNS role along with the AD installation.

Here is a link of the TechNet Video Library on the subject.

Machine is virtual VMWare and has 8 GB of RAM. Here is the video. Enjoy

Installing Windows Server 2012

Installing Windows Server 2012

Installing Windows Server 2012

Here are the hardware requirements official link – http://technet.microsoft.com/library/jj134246.aspx

If you don’t want to read, here are the important ones ( these are MINIMUM ):

Processor : 1.3 GHz + – 64-bit

RAM : 512 MB

Disk Space: 32 GB

And the video. Just a simple Installation of Windows Server 2012 from scratch on a virtual machine: