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Moving Active Directory Log and Database Files

The entire relocation process is described in this TechNet article:, the core for moving to local drives: and for network drives: http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/library/dd498633-5d65-4a14-b68d-edcb85fada651033.mspx

Once you have completed the preparation of your target volumes and restarted in Directory Services Restore Mode, it's quite easy with a few ntdsutil commands, so there is usually no need to reinstall and reconfigure Active Directory using dcpromo. This article discusses the volume configuration of Active Directory files and folders and here are the Active Directory best practices.