How do I remove Active Directory from a Windows 2003 Server

Posted on 2011-04-25
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I am trying to remove AD from a Windows 2003 server and I get this when running the dcpromo command

the server is unwilling to process the request.

How do I convince it to be willing?
Question by:Axis52401
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    Accepted Solution

    I would start by checking the event logs and finding out WHY it's unwilling.  If this is the last DC in the domain you can use /forceremoval as a switch when running DCPROMO - but be warned, doing this on a domain with other DCs will leave remnants of the removed DC and you'll have to do a metadata cleanup.
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    And after the event logs, run DCDIAG and NETDIAG to see if you can determine what's going on.

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