force demote nonbootable dc server

Posted on 2006-04-05
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I have a server that I can not boot up that was a DC.  I am having replication errors through my other functioning DCs because the other DC can not replicate with the broken DC.  It is not the primary DC.  Is there a way that I can force demote the DC in the other DC so their will not be any replication errors.
Question by:Dmascheck
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    Hi Dmascheck,

    dcpromo /forceremoval

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    make sure you use ntdsutil to do a metadata cleanup to remove the old records
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    oh crap - nonbootable    i only skimmed it im sorry      use the ntdsutil
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    hi, there

    to doublecheck afterwords "dcdiag" and the new DC should show up as passed.
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    I will recommend the link provided by Jay Jay70. simple straight forward and step by step. It leaves nothing out

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