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Error when running DCPROMO on W2003 Server

We have 2 Windows 2003 DC's. We are trying to demote one of them using DCPROMO

When we attempt this, we get the error

"The Replication Operation Encountered a Database Error"

How can we demote this server?
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carrgater31Author Commented:
I saw this..

Does it matter that both servers are running 2003 and not 2000?
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gaurav05Commented:
Hi,

can you provide Event Id ?
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NetfloCommented:
Hi,

The following MS KB article should first of all mirror the event viewer errors you're receiving and if so, proceed with the hotfix install: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/832851

Best of luck!
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Krzysztof PytkoSenior Active Directory EngineerCommented:
Hi,

if you wish, you may follow with an article on my blog for that. How to decommission broken DC at
http://kpytko.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/decommissioning-broken-domain-controller/

Regards,
Krzysztof
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gaurav05Commented:
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carrgater31Author Commented:
We get event ID 2023
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Krzysztof PytkoSenior Active Directory EngineerCommented:
2023 means that demotion process couldn't be finnished, because of unsuccessful AD replication during that process. Please follow an article on my blog, then do metadata cleanup, clean Sites and Services and DNS records for that DC.

After all, if youw ish to promote it as DC again, run dcpromo and follow with wizard to promote server to Domain Controller.

All of necessary articles are on my blog at http://kpytko.wordpress.com (if you wish, you may use them)

Regards,
Krzysztof
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carrgater31Author Commented:
Thanks Krzysztof,

The dcpromo /forceremoval has worked. I am now trying to delete the server from AD sites and services. When I select delete, I get an error saying

 "Do not delete the SERVERNAME container object. SERVERNAME contains ojects representing DC SERVERNAME and possibly other Domain controllers"
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Krzysztof PytkoSenior Active Directory EngineerCommented:
Do metadata cleanup first :) then delete it from Sites and Services (don't worry about a message) :]

Krzysztof
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