Migrating From windows SBS server 2003 to windows server 2008 R2

Posted on 2013-05-20
Last Modified: 2013-09-27
We have a old SBS 2003 and We purchased a new server with windows 2008 R2.
I added windows server 2008 R2 as a DC and then I moved FSMO rules .

I tried to demote DC on SBS server but it stuck on securing c:\program files and it doesn't go forward ( it is almost 4 hours) Please check the attach file.

I am wondering if there is something wrong with my migration.

New server is working fine now and has all rules.

Any idea ?
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Did you uninstall Exchange first?

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Exchange installed but we don't need exchange since the email server is online in cloud.
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jsdray earned 500 total points
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FYI  If you're planning to use that old SBS you have to promote it back to a DC or it will shut itself down every 60 minutes after 7 days.
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Even if you weren't using Exchange, there are files that are protected by the OS and there are entry points in AD that refer to the Exchange server. You *must* uninstall Exchange before running dcpromo. Otherwise, at best, you end up with a messy AD infrastructure and removing Exchange references in an unsupported fashion, and at worst the dcpromo fails.

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Any solution now ?

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I found that SQL servers were causing the delay for me at that point. I shut down the SQL server instances and it progressed.

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