AD Taking Active Directory offline

Active Directory can be brought offline in a couple of ways.

The traditional was is to boot into Directory Services Restore Mode (DSRM), which is a safe mode boot option for Windows Server domain controllers.

To boot in to DSRM from the command prompt type bcdedit.exe /set safeboot dsrepair and restart the machine.

Windows 2012 includes active directory as a service, this allow Active Directory to be taken offline by stopping the service

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