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Removing a failed DC from my domain

We have two DCs in our domain.  A new W2003 Server that is the PDC, and an older (failed) W2000 Server that is the secondary DC.  I am NOT sure why the 2000 server was left fulfilling some DC roles, but it is.  It at least is acting as a General Catalog  server, at least partially.  We started out troubleshooting network share connectivity failures and 'discovered' that the old server was still 'partially' in play.  So, I have tried to demote the old server with dcpromo /forceremove, but the file replication service will not not stop thus the demotion fails.  I have also tried to manally stop the FSR but cannot.  I have now disconnected the 2000 Server from the LAN and plan to rebuild it as a plain Jane XP or W2000 Server file server.  I have licensing for either and do NOT need more DCs in my topography.

So, my question is: how do I gracefully remove the failed DC from the PDC AD tree?  I have reviewed Microsoft KB 216498 but wanted to check for any other advice or issues before proceeding.  The PDC is our only DC and is hosted on a Windows 2003 HP Proliant ML350 G5.  

Thanks in advance.
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PberSolutions ArchitectCommented:
That is the article of choice when you've run into the situation you are in.
Other high points to consider is after you do what is mentioned in the article:
  • This may be useful: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/255504
  • Make sure DNS has no A, CNAME or SRV records referencing the removed DC.
  • You may need to objects that reference the old DC in AD sites and services.
  • Make sure your clients (including the PDC) no longer reference the old DC as a DNS server in the TCP/IP client settings.
  • Check Replication/DNS/Directory service logs for errors on the PDC.
  • Ensure the PDC is a GC.
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lnkevinCommented:
This is a detail instruction of how to remove a failed DC from Active Directory. It includes screenshots as well, very straightforward.

http://www.petri.co.il/delete_failed_dcs_from_ad.htm

K
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raylabAuthor Commented:
Thank you both!  I will look at these docs and (hopefully) remove the failed DC.  Will let you know!

Ray L.
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raylabAuthor Commented:
Thank you both for the excellent responses.  I have succeeded in removing the failed DC and have run that way for a week with no incidents!  Thanks!
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