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Removing a 2000 server from a 2003 domain

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I cant remove a Domain Controller using DCPROMO, I get rpc errors. is there a clean way to remove it manually, how hard?
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You can force remove it, but you might also want to look into WHY it's having problems.  Are there event log errors on either DC, are there issues when you run DCDIAG on the 2003 server (or the 2000 server)?  It's always better to remove cleanly than to force remove, but sometimes you may not have a choice.
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As leew says the best way is to gracefully remove the domain controller but if you can't fix the issue then a dcpromo /forceremoval will do the job. Make sure you run a metadata cleanup of the AD to remove any lingering objects.

http://www.petri.co.il/delete_failed_dcs_from_ad.htm
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Definately go with leew's options of trying to remove it cleanly.
If not then do a force removal.  Essentially power off the server then run a metadata clean up
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc736378.aspx

Also make sure that the machine you are going to take down isnt holding any roles
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