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Running DCpromo produces a warning

Posted on 2014-07-26
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We are at the last stage of removing a windows 2003 exchange server, and on running DCPROMO, we get the following warning :-

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We have removed the server from being a catalog server, but needed to know whether this was significant before proceeding.

Do I ignore it, or do I need to do something to resolve the warning first.

Many thanks.
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Question by:nigelbeatson
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by:Neeraj Kumar
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Refer the below mentioned solution

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/282272
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by:nigelbeatson
ID: 40224446
Many thanks.

I worked through the document and got errors on both procedures, as follows :-

error 1
error 2
Can anyone advise why the problem?

Many thanks
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by:Neeraj Kumar
ID: 40224518
try the below metioned command

ntdsutil
metadata cleanup
connections
connect to server test.com
quit
select operation target
list namings contexts
select naming context z      (z is number)
q
remove selected Naming Context
q
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by:nigelbeatson
ID: 40224579
We seem to get the same problem, see below :-

error 3
Any ideas?

Many thanks.
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by:Neeraj Kumar
ID: 40224614
You missed one step and go back by q as per snapshot

You need to select naming context after listings naming context

select operation target
list namings contexts
select naming context z
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by:nigelbeatson
ID: 40224680
Ah yes, sorry, my mistake. I have corrected that, but come up against a further problem, as follows :-

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The situation is that we have 2 Windows 2003 servers, which we need to eventually remove. The second one is still being used for DC and DHCP, DNS etc, and dont want to remove it, till we have this one removed.

Can you advise why we might be having this problem?

Any advice much appreciated.

Many thanks
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by:nigelbeatson
ID: 40224702
I never thought that removing an old server would be such a task! The server is not being used for anything now, so just want all traces of it gone. We have had it switched of for over a week, without incident, and just presumed running DCPROMO would be a breeze.

Just how wrong could I be.

Many thanks.
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by:nigelbeatson
ID: 40224723
I forgot to mention that the 2 x 2003 servers are the ones that we are wanting to decomission and remove. We alo have a windows 2008 server, which is our DC, and a Windows 2012 server running Exchange 2010, and one further 2008 server VM. We still want to use our local domain name, so I was surprised to see this message, as one of the options when running DCPROMO is to select the tick box to advise that this was the last DC in the domain, and we did NOT select this option.

I expected this process therefore to expect that there would be other DC's on the domain.

Any ideas?

Many thanks.
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by:nigelbeatson
ID: 40228792
Can anyone add anything to this incident please?

Many thanks
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nigelbeatson earned 0 total points
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I ended up using the force removal and cleaning up metadata.

Thanks to all.
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by:nigelbeatson
ID: 40307385
Ended up using my own solution.

Please let me know if anyone has problems with the points allocation.

Thanks to all who tried to assist.
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