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I have a server that is running server 2003.  Most of my domain controllers are 2008.  I want to remove the 2003 server as a domain controller.  

I ran the dcpromo to remove the DC role from the domain.  

I ran dsquery servers and it is still listed as a domain controller.  But when I look in active directory users and computers it does not have GC or DC listed next to it.  When I try to run dcpromo it wants to make it a domain controller again.  How do  I get the server to not be listed in the dsquery listing?
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by:balmasri
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enforce replication by running the command repadmin /syncall /A /E
what is the result ? maybe it's matter of time until the replication finishes among the forest.
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If the server fails to disappear as a DC after replication completes, you can follow the manual steps to remove it: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/216498. I've had to run these myself for failed dcpromos.
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does the computer account still in Domain controllers Container ? it should be moved automatically to Computers container.
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from the issue description , the DC was demoted successfully .

then clean up your AD by deleting the computer account from sites and services console ( if exists)you may need to use ADSIedit.msc as a second option :

Click Start, click Run, type adsiedit.msc in the Open box, and then click OK
Expand the Domain NC container.
Expand DC=Your Domain, DC=COM, PRI, LOCAL, NET.
Expand CN=System.
Expand CN=File Replication Service.
Expand CN=Domain System Volume (SYSVOL share).
Right-click the domain controller you are removing, and then click Delete.
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by:Gawron3
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Worked great.  Thanks for the information.
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