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DCPromo demotion script for 2008 R2 - works but retains sysvol folder and its contents

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Dear guys,

I hope you are all well and can assist.

I am attempting to script the process of demoting a domain controller, a 2008 R2 domain controller.

I have done the following.

dcpromo.exe /unattend:DCDEMOTE_2008R2_step1.INI

==================================================  DCDEMOTE_2008R2_step1.INI

All looks fine....reboot and logon ...
- The NTDS service and all actice directory dependent services have been disabled
- The NTDS Settings object in AD Sites and Services is gone
- The Role of Active Directory Domain Services is still available, but disabled
- Doing a "net share" reveals that the shares sysvol and netlogon have been removed

However, the c:\windows\sysvol folder on disk:
1) has not been deleted.
2) doing a dir reveals:

 Directory of c:\windows\sysvol

13/11/2013  12:12 AM    <DIR>          .
13/11/2013  12:12 AM    <DIR>          ..
13/11/2013  12:14 AM    <DIR>          domain
13/11/2013  12:12 AM    <DIR>          staging
13/11/2013  12:12 AM    <DIR>          staging areas
13/11/2013  12:12 AM    <DIR>          sysvol

And all the group policies and scripts are still there. So, the demotion script has not deleted this sysvol folder and subdirectories, and I do not know why.

I have only found the following, but not really sure if this is the reason why my demotion script failed to delete the sysvol folder and its contents.

==================================================  DCPROMO log:

All entries fine, except for 2 errors below...

06/14/2014 00:27:01 [INFO] This machine is no longer a domain controller
06/14/2014 00:27:03 Telling DNS Server to prepare for demotion failed with 1068
06/14/2014 00:27:03 Setting security on server files failed with 2


Any help greatly appreciated on how to get a clean demotion done including deletion of the sysvol folder and its contents.

Thanks everyone.
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