Cannot move to Windows Server 2003 Functional Level due to missing 2000 DC.

Posted on 2009-12-23
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Last Modified: 2012-05-08
  I recently took over a Windows Server 2003 network.  
Listed there were 3 DCs   Two with Win2003, the other with Win2000.
Asking around, the windows 2000 server had been taken down years ago and was never demoted or removed.  So in order to move it to 2003 native level, I needed to delete the DC.  I went into AD and chose to delete it selecting the option that "It is dead and no longer capable  of being demoted."

Now when I try to raise functionality I get this message:
Current domain functional level
Windows 2000 native

The following domain controllers are running earlier versions of windows:
Domain Name      Domain Controller      Version of Windows
X.local      X.local      Unknown. The computer object may be damaged or missing.

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
Question by:Lionelh
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Accepted Solution

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You need to do a metadata cleanup
see http://www.petri.co.il/delete_failed_dcs_from_ad.htm

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Thanks, I had found something similar, but not nearly as detailed as your page.

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