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DCPromo returns "The handle is invalid" SBS2003 migration to SBS2011

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Hi!  I'm migrating from SBS2003 server to SBS2011, and have just successfully removed Exchange and rebooted.  I've done several of these, followed several white papers to ensure proper migration (http://demazter.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/migrate-small-business-server-2003-to-small-business-server-2011/) as an example.  On this migration, when I run a dcpromo (with or without /forceremoval, it doesn't matter), I receive "The removal operation failed. The handle is invalid".  I've ensured DNS is set to the NEW (2011 server), rebooted, applied outstanding service packs, etc. and I cannot seem to dcpromo.

What is the recommended way to proceed?

TIA!

Trish
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Hi Trish,

DCPromo writes a reasonable amount of log detail to files stored in "% SystemRoot %\Debug " - well worth having a look through these and seeing if you can find out exactly where in the process this is failing. It's probably also worth running dcdiag on the 2003 server again too, to make sure it's still happy with it's network config.

Cheers,

Jim
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Thanks Jim... After waiting all day for a response, I ended up brute force removing it from the upgraded domain.  Turned out to be a problem with Exchange not uninstalling properly.
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No response received all day-- ended up brute force removal.
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