2003 DC failed (disks blew up). Advice on removal.

Posted on 2014-01-16
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Last Modified: 2014-01-20
I have two DCs, one has failed. Two disks blew up along with the AD files on the sever.

I can access the server in DSRM (safe mode) but cant login normally. So I cannot DCPROMO it or DCPROMO force.

My plan is to remove the the DC using the following article  -


Would this be the best way forward to remove this DC? I'm going to install a fresh OS on it and promote it under a different name anyway.
Question by:APC_40
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Manjunath Sullad earned 2000 total points
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Below link is for you reference, It will clearly guide you how to remove DC from domain and how to transfer roles,

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It doesn't matter if you are going to use the "box" for another server you still have to remove the DC metadata from the failed server from the AD or you will get events on your main server about replication errors.

The article you mentioned is OK just read it carefully and follow it carefully you don't want to remove the info of the good DC.

I will recommend 2 things though:  Try to restore the failed DC, if not possible or you don't  want to waste time on it so you can demote it properly.... then install your new server and promote it to be a DC, so in case of error while removing the metadata from failed server you still have another DC in the AD.

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Many thanks for your input, excellent.

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