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
  3. Once mmc loads, right click on Active Directory Domain Services and click stop
  4. When asked if it’s okay to stop associated services, click Yes to continue.

Step 2: Moving the Active Directory database
  1. Right click on start button and click on Command Prompt (Admin)
  2. Once command prompt is visible, type ntdsutil and press enter
  3. Next type activate instance ntds and press enter
  4. Then type files and press enter
  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
  6. Once the database files are successfully moved, type the following command to move the logs: move logs to E:\ADDB

  7. Once the move has successfully completed, Return to the initially used services.mmc and start Active Directory Domain Servicesstopped in Step 1
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