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Exchange Server 2003 in a 2012 Standard Environment

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This one hurts. Here is where is stood until last night:

2 - 2012 Standard Servers, both DCS, one holds all 5 FSMO roles

2 - 2003 Standard Servers, both DCs, one use to hold all 5 FSMO roles until I moved them to     one of the 2012 Servers.

1 _ Exchange Server 2003 member server

Life was good and everything was working fine until last night when I decommissioned one of the 2003 DCs. Ran DCPromo and everything went smooth but the Exchange Server 2003 splattered. It is booting with a million errors about not finding the AD.

It was somehow wrapped tight around the 2003 DC I DCPromoed. I have not idea why this happened or how to recover (if possible). Does anyone have any ideas?
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Just so we are *very* clear, the exchange server was a simple member server. It was never a DC?

Did you check the NIC properties to make sure the DNS entries are pointing at two existing DCs and not the DC you just retired?  

Specific errors would be helpful.
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Member. Never a DC. I am going to try pointing the DNS's to the remaining 2003 Server just to see what happens.
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Are all these DCs in the same AD site? Including the one you just demoted.
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I opened up a support ticket with Microsoft. Best $259 I ever spent :)
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What was the fix?
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I watched most of if. It seemed the biggest fix was to re-run domainprep.
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