In this blog post, I will show you how to stop Active Directory domain services using PowerShell and stop users from authenticating to a domain controller.
This feature is good in case you might need to perform maintenance on a domain controller of you might need to do a disaster recovery test.
Restartable Active Directory
Back in the days of Windows Server 2012, Microsoft made Active Directory domain services a service that can be restarted.
To start, let’s check the AD service first using the following cmdlet.
Get-Service -DisplayName 'Active Directory Domain Services'
Stop Active Directory
To stop the Active Directory domain services on a domain controller, I will run the following cmdlet.
stop-Service -DisplayName 'Active Directory Domain Services' -Force