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Removing AD not working

A friend is setting up thier office.  They set thier AD DC up at thier house, took it to work and it doesn't work.  They don't remember the IP they set it to and they put it on DHCP.

I finally after hours got into Win 2003 normal mode.  When I do dcpromo, I get the error, "failed to prepare or remove sysvol replication".

He didn't create a restore point either.

HELP!  :(
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ocon827679Commented:
Run dcpromo /forceremoval

If somehow the server made it into the domain as a dc, then you will need to do a metadata cleanup.  Take a look at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/216498/en-us
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dhoffman_98Commented:
ocon beat me to it.... This is a known problem that most AD administrators will run into several times in their career. The steps in that Microsoft article should help. But another article that I have used in the past as well is here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/332199

This article might help if you have problems demoting it in the first place. The note that Ocon posted will help you clean up the metadata on other domain controllers if it got in there. You could also rename it before you promote it again as well.

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rbeattie27Author Commented:
still same error with dcpromo /forceremoval.  should i disable the FRS and reboot it?  but that may still take hours.
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rbeattie27Author Commented:
this is a brand new server for a brand new company.  I tried the 2003 R2 disks that HP gave me but none of them boot from the cd.
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ChiefITCommented:
I have seen the sysvol problem where it was in a subdirectory of itself.

Example: C:\sysvol\sysvol

The computer therefore can't find the sysvol to do anything with it.

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rbeattie27Author Commented:
"I have seen the sysvol problem where it was in a subdirectory of itself.
Example: C:\sysvol\sysvol
The computer therefore can't find the sysvol to do anything with it. "

so what should I try to do?
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Jeremy WeisingerSenior Network Consultant / EngineerCommented:
If it's a new DC for a new company, reformat and start again!!
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rbeattie27Author Commented:
in Services, File Replication Service says it's "stopping..." but dcpromo couldn't stop it.  it's hung up.
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ocon827679Commented:
How much "stuff" is on this computer?  You might spend days trying to fix this and even if you do, you'll never be sure that its properly cleaned up.  Would it be easier to just rebuild?
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rbeattie27Author Commented:
I'm trying to figure out with the HP CD's I got if any will boot...
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Jeremy WeisingerSenior Network Consultant / EngineerCommented:
It should be Disk 1.
Hit the proper "F" key to get to the boot menu and select your CD drive or configure in the BIOS to boot from a CD first.
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rbeattie27Author Commented:
I'm using the "HP 2003" cd first.  The MS 2003 cd's don't boot.  You use the HP cd first.  Thanks guys.  I thought the HP cd was for drivers only like I get when I buy dell's at my work.
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Jeremy WeisingerSenior Network Consultant / EngineerCommented:
But it looks like you didn't need them anyways because you were able to remove AD, right?
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