Move ADDS Databases

Step 1: Prepping Active Directory to be moved
  1. Log in to the primary domain controller as domain or enterprise administrator
     
  2. In Server Manager, navigate to Tools > Services
     
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  3. Once mmc loads, right click on Active Directory Domain Services and click stop
     
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  4. When asked if it’s okay to stop associated services, click Yes to continue.
     
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Step 2: Moving the Active Directory database
  1. Right click on start button and click on Command Prompt (Admin)
     
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  2. Once command prompt is visible, type ntdsutil and press enter
     
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  3. Next type activate instance ntds and press enter
     
  4. Then type files and press enter
     
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  5. In files maintenance the command to move the db is required. As mentioned earlier, the need to move the database to E:\ADDB. Type the following command to enable the move: move db to E:\ADDB 
     
    Note: Remember to use quotations (“”) should the path contain a space
     
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  6. Once the database files are successfully moved, type the following command to move the logs: move logs to E:\ADDB
     
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  7. Once the move has successfully completed, Return to the initially used services.mmc and start Active Directory Domain Servicesstopped in Step 1