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AD and Directory Services issues

I have a Windows 2000 Server that I wanted to demote to a member server and then reintegrate into AD because of some AD errors with replication and such. After running DCPROMO and rebooting, I am getting a LSASS.exe error saying that "Directory Services cannot start. Reboot into DS Restore Mode". I have tried to get this server to reboot normally, but can't. First, does this error mean that the server still thinks that it is an AD member? I did a couple of registry entries noted in KB332199 to see if it would help, but to no avail. The server is not listed in AD on my other DC's. Any ideas on what i can do to recover from this?
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budmanlud
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Jeremy WeisingerSenior Network Consultant / EngineerCommented:
Reformat the problem server and go through the metadata cleanup to make sure it didn't leave any traces. http://www.petri.co.il/delete_failed_dcs_from_ad.htm

Then reinstall and dcpromo it.
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budmanludAuthor Commented:
Hoping for something other than reformat at this time. The server is not listed anywhere in AD on the other DC. Ran metadata cleanup and it was not listed. Also not listed in sites or anywhere else that I know of.
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Jeremy WeisingerSenior Network Consultant / EngineerCommented:
Is there a reason you don't want to reformat it? It would probably be quicker than going through the steps to finding the issue (if it can even be fixed).
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Jeremy WeisingerSenior Network Consultant / EngineerCommented:
budmanlud, my advice from the first post still stands.

What is the reason you don't want to do a reformat?
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