First Windows 2003 DC failed

The first DC, Windows 2003, used to build the forest and domain failed and is unrecoverable.  We tried to slave the drive but our efforts was unsuccessful. All of our other DCs are running Windows 2008 R2 and our forest and domain functional levels are Windows 2003.  All AD Roles are on the Windows 2008 R2 DC.  Can I stand the replacement DC as a Windows 2008 r2 DC?  Do you foresee any problems?
romious4Asked:
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Mike KlineConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You said the first, did you have other DCs in that domain (hopefully yes).  Not sure if those other DCs you mentioned are in the same domain or a different domain.

If you had FSMO roles on that box you will have to seize them http://www.petri.co.il/seizing_fsmo_roles.htm

Run a metadata cleanup on the box  http://www.petri.co.il/delete_failed_dcs_from_ad.htm

Thanks

Mike
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romious4Author Commented:
This is not the only dc in the domain. It is the last 2003 dc in the forest. We did not do a migration to 2008.  We initially added the 2008 r2 dcs to the domain. We plan to stand its replacement up as a 2008 r2 box with same name and IP.
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Mike KlineCommented:
That will work, just make sure to clean out that old DC first if you want to give it the same name and IP.
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romious4Author Commented:
The other two domain conntrollers are erroring out stating the 'DNS server is not configured'.
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romious4Author Commented:
The remaining domain controllers upon clicking the DNS icon displays the following message.

The server xxx-xxxx could not be contacted.
 The error was:
The server is unavailable.

Guys, the DC that went down was the PDC in dns.

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ChiefITCommented:
That's DNS metadata that you need to rid yourself of. The petri article that mkline provided tells you how to remove FRS, AD and DNS metadata from the remaining DCs.
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romious4Author Commented:
mkline71 solved the problem.
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