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  • Problem Removing DC

    Hi!

    We have 3 domain controller. I want to demote one, and only use it as a simple server. So I run dcpromo, and I get this error:



    Is there a way instead of forcing removal?

    Thanks

    Christ

  • #2
    Re: Problem Removing DC

    dcpromo /forceremoval
    But then you need to reconfigure your replication, perform metadata cleanup afterwords
    Before that
    Try using your Enterprise Admin account, check if your Domain Name FSMO role is up and running
    Thanks & Regards
    v-2nas

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    • #3
      Re: Problem Removing DC

      I tried using the Enterprise Admin Account, doesn't work.

      Domain Naming FSMO Holder is my DC1

      Schema FSMO Holder is my DC2

      These two have the Global Catalog enable. The SRV-Backup doesn't.

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      • #4
        Re: Problem Removing DC

        You could try and hunt down the objects in question and try to repair their permissions.
        Personally, I believe that force removal and cleanup is pretty simple procedure. You you've never done it before and you'd like to test it in a lab, I highly recommend restoring your DCs in a closed environment and doing all what you want there first. This way you can create snapshots and go back and try different approach in case something goes wrong.

        Those links contain all you need to know about force remove.
        http://support.microsoft.com/kb/332199
        http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...45(WS.10).aspx
        http://support.microsoft.com/kb/216498

        If you choose to go with the lab, you can use VMware Workstation to import your DCs. It's pretty simple to setup this scenario using this tool. It's not free, though.
        Regards,
        Leonid

        MCSE 2003, MCITP EA, VCP4.

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        • #5
          Re: Problem Removing DC

          We use to have VMware, so I think I'll give a try to make sure it doesn't crash.

          thanks

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          • #6
            Re: Problem Removing DC

            Originally posted by ChristTheGreat View Post
            We use to have VMware, so I think I'll give a try to make sure it doesn't crash.

            thanks
            Nothing makes you more awake in the morning than low-level ADSIedit of your AD
            Last edited by venom83; 5th November 2010, 15:29. Reason: typo
            Regards,
            Leonid

            MCSE 2003, MCITP EA, VCP4.

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            • #7
              Re: Problem Removing DC

              ADSIedit?
              what is that utility?

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              • #8
                Re: Problem Removing DC

                That's come with support tools. Active Directory Service Interface Editor.
                It exposes granuler level info of your Domain, Config, Schema, App if available partition context and gives xs to quickly blow up things
                Thanks & Regards
                v-2nas

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                • #9
                  Re: Problem Removing DC

                  Originally posted by ChristTheGreat View Post
                  ADSIedit?
                  what is that utility?
                  You'll find all required info in the articles. Basically, as v-2nas said, it's a manual editing tool for AD.
                  Just make sure to change exactly what is said to change in the support articles and backup first (IMHO, quickest way is system state backup in windows ntbackup)
                  Last edited by venom83; 5th November 2010, 21:37.
                  Regards,
                  Leonid

                  MCSE 2003, MCITP EA, VCP4.

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