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windows 2000 domain controller error on adprep running forestprep

trying to run adprep /forest prep to prepare a single domain controller running windows2000sp4 to add a windows 2003 server to the domain.  Logged in as administrator and running adprep from the windows 2003 cdrom since I can't find an adprep.exe file on the windows2000 cd or on the server. When running I see the following:

Opened Connection to PDC
SSPI Bind succeeded
Current Schema Version is 13
Upgrading schema to version 30
ERROR: Failed to transfer the schema FSMO role: 52 (Unavailable)

If the error code is "Insufficient Rights", make sure you are logged in as a member of the schema admin group.

States to check for the ldif.err file in a adprep log directory which the directory is there but the ldif.err file is not. adprep.log and schupgr.log.
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LauraEHunterMVPCommented:
Are you logged in as a member of the Schema Admins group?  adprep needs to be run using Schema Admin rights since you are extending the schema.

Additionally, if you are adding a 2003 R2 server, be sure that you are using the version of adprep that is on Disc 2 of the R2 media.
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sraleyAuthor Commented:
the administrator account is shown as being a member of schema admins group and this is not the R2 version of 2003.
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LauraEHunterMVPCommented:
This error indicates that the Schema Master FSMO role is not available.  How many domain controllers do you currently have in your environment (not counting the 2K3 server that you are attempting to add)?  Have you added or removed any DCs; in particular have you done so without running dcpromo on them to demote them gracefully?

Install the Windows Support Tools on the 2000 server and run dcdiag /v to confirm that DNS, replication, and FSMO roles are configured correctly in your present environment, as any of these may prevent you from upgrading your AD to 2003.
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sraleyAuthor Commented:
The server has been online for 12 years. It was a secondary server that was upgraded as the Primary when the original primary crashed 7 years ago. That is the only other controller that I know of that existed.  dcdiag /v test FSMO passed, replication passed. All tests passed (that I can see in the window) except for systemlog test showed some printer problems.  Didn't see a DNS entry in the window.
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sraleyAuthor Commented:
I wrote it to a log file and I see a replication failure that it is looking for the BDC named server.
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sraleyAuthor Commented:
it still states that the replication test passed but just shows an entry failure for the BDC server to PDC replication.
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LauraEHunterMVPCommented:
You probably need to perform a metadata cleanup of the server that crashed, as its configuration information is still present within Active Directory.  Use these steps to perform a metadata cleanup:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/216498

Once you have done so, use ntdsutil to seize all 5 FSMO roles onto the single remaining DC:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/255504
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sraleyAuthor Commented:
BDC did show up in AD as a controller. I moved it to computers in AD. Didn't change adprep error.  Should i delete the computer name or does this require a reboot to sync AD ?
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LauraEHunterMVPCommented:
> "BDC did show up in AD as a controller. I moved it to computers in AD. Didn't change adprep error.  "

Did you perform the metadata cleanup process as I indicated above, as well as seizing the FSMO roles to the remaining DC?  Merely moving the computer account into the Computers container will not correct your error, you need to follow the steps in the two KB articles that I referenced above.
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sraleyAuthor Commented:
Sorry, posted that before I saw your entry. Ran the two KB articles and adprep just executed..
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