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windows server 2003 won't demote

Last Modified: 2016-01-28
we have replaced a windows 2003 SBS server with a standard windows 2012r2 , the windows 2012 appeared to promote ok
But when we run the dcpromo on the windows 2003 server, it wont demote has it says it cant see another DC on the domain also when we disconnect the 2003 server workstations can either.
the active directory shows the 2012 server is the PDC etc and we have shared the SYSVOL on the 2012 server has it appeared not to be shared.
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