in this document we will explore how to demote a domain controller in Windows Server 2012 Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS).

In previous versions of Windows Server to demote a domain controller you would use the DCPROMO.exe utility.  In Windows Sever 2012 the DCPROMO utility has been deprecated.In Windows Server 2012 we will use Server Manager or PowerShell to demote the DC.  In this document will be using the GUI to demote the server manager.