Removing a failed DC from my domain
Posted on 2009-05-20
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.