How do i seize FSMO roles from a DC that is crashed

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I have a 2008 server that is a GC server and a working DC. My 2000 machine that had the FSMO roles crashed and is gone. I will not reintroduce it to the network. How to I seize the roles for my 2008 machine to take over?
I use the ntutil command?

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You want to verify who has what roles.

netdom query fsmo

Then start seizing with the following:

ntdsutil
roles
connection
connect to server <seizing_dc_name>
quit
seize infrastructure master
seize naming master
seize PDC
seize RID master
seize schema master
quit
quit

Verify your results with:

netdom query fsmo

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and I do this on the DC that I am using to seize the roles?
the DC that has the roles, is gone.
curious about the line "connect to server"? So I am connecting to itself?
Yes, you will be performing this on the DC seizing the roles

Example:

Currently logged onto DC3

connect to server DC3
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i got an error, the current FSMO holder could not be contacted.

now what?
You are typing this from a working DC, right?

ntdsutil
roles
connection
connect to server your_server_name

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yes, but if it is trying to connect to the server that HAD the FSMO roles, it will not be able to since that one is no longer on the network. Should it still work?

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Commented:
ok, redid it and it worked this time.
thanks

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how do I remove replication for the DC that crashed so I don't get errors in the event log of fail replication to it?

Thanks.
Remove the server from Active Directory Sites and Services. Right click and delete your nonexistent server. AD does an automatic cleanup after you do this.
You can force replication through Sites and Services or through the command line:

repadmin /syncall

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it gave me an error when I tried to delete the server from sites. It says I have to use the dcpromo on that server to remove it. Any way around this?
Thanks.
When you are in Sites and Services expand the site (blue icon) and then servers and then the server name. There is another blue icon called NTDS settings. You will need to delete this one first.

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