Case Study – Decommissioning Domain Controller

Client in the Education Industry

Problem Statement​

Our client had been using Windows Small Business Server (SBS) for a long time as their domain controller and file server. Based in Melbourne, our IT support services professionals specialise in ​Managed IT services and other ​IT services in Melbourne​. As the client’s IT infrastructure was evolving rapidly, HIOD IT’s IT support services professionals solved the client’s problem of upgrading the domain controller to a newer version remotely, with downtime and no-in house IT.


Since the client’s domain controller needed to be upgraded to a newer version, the following challenges were encountered:

  • Downtime needed
  • Strict deadline existed
  • Needed to be completed remotely
  • Client was worried about inconvenience to its staff


Our IT support professionals at HIOD IT delivered a successful result in this project with the following components in the solution:

  • ​Used remote management software from SolarWinds to access the host remotely
  • Deployed new server on the host and joined to the existing domain
  • ​Synced the old domain controller (DC) to the new one
  • ​Made new server primary domain controller and decommissioned the old server
  • No downtime
  • ​Met the deadline and completed project remotely
  • Client staff were not involved in the process at all
  • Completed the project smoothly without affecting user productivity

Final Outcome

A new active directory replaced the old server, which maintained 100 percent availability of the resources. The process was seamless and the client’s productivity was not affected, leaving a positive outcome for all.

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