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Removing a server from a home environment


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#1 Papagut

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Posted 14 January 2018 - 03:17 PM

Hi there, 

 

My current setup is an old Server 2003 box running DNS, DHCP, Exchange and file sharing for my home network as part of a domain. 

 

My wish is to retire it, not replace it, so I want to back out of all of these roles that the server is providing, in the proper order, replacing the roles with office 365 for e-mail, a NAS for file shares, DNS and DHCP on the router. 

 

I just am concerned that de-coupling the computers from the domain and changing these roles is going to cause issues if not done in the right order. 

 

Can you provide me with the appropriate order/steps to take to do this with the least havoc? 

 

Thanks, 

Mark 



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#2 sflatechguy

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 02:25 PM

Start with DNS and DHCP first. Nothing else will work if clients can't resolve hostnames or obtain a valid IP address on your network. The order for file sharing and Exchange doesn't matter.



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Posted 29 January 2018 - 11:00 PM

Thanks, 

 

Would you believe that literally as I was beginning to move my personal files to a new NAT, I was hit with ransomware and the whole thing was encrypted. Sorry it took me so long to reply, I am now in the middle of trying to root out the malware and see what if anything I am able to recover.

 

I have successfully moved DHCP, that was easy, DNS seems to be causing minor problems a this point, with machines being able to ping one another but nothing outside of the LAN, after picking up new addresses and DNS from the modem/router.   

 

Mark






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