How to delete SQL server replication

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On SQL Server 2008 R2, I am trying to setup transactional replication with test data and I'm getting an error:  
SQL Server could not create publication PubOne.
Database 'distribution' does not exist.  

This probably occurs because I previously tried to setup replication,
dropped my test databases, dropped distribution, and started over.

How do I fix this mess and truly start over?  

Here's what I tried to delete replication:

alter database ReplicationSource set offline
alter database ReplicationTarget set offline
alter database distribution      set offline

drop database ReplicationSource -- and remove disk files
drop database ReplicationTarget -- and remove disk files
drop database distribution      -- and remove disk files

exec sp_removeDbReplication 'ReplicationSource'
exec sp_removeDbReplication 'ReplicationTarget'

exec sp_dropdistributor   -- fails with    Could not drop the Distributor 'DAVIDZ-PC'. This Distributor has associated distribution databases.
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Vitor MontalvãoIT Engineer
Distinguished Expert 2017
Did you follow this MSDN article?
Jason clarkDBA Freelancer

This procedure should be used only if other methods of removing replication objects have failed. For more information about these methods.

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The procedures you cite would have been great if I started with them.  Unfortunately, I didn't know what I was doing, so I just dropped all relevant databases (distribution, replication source, replication target).  But now the database server thinks replication is still going.  How do I finally kill replication and start over?
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Vitor MontalvãoIT Engineer
Distinguished Expert 2017
Check if the query returns any '1' for the columns. If it does you need to update it to zero (0):
SELECT name, is_distributor, is_publisher, is_subscriber
FROM master.sys.servers

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I found 3 commands which seemed to do the trick:
  exec sp_dropDistPublisher @publisher='MyPublisherName', @no_checks=1, @ignore_distributor=1
  exec sp_dropDistributionDb distribution
  exec sp_dropDistributor @ignore_distributor=1

I also executed your query and all columns came back as zero.  I think it might even be fixed!
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Distinguished Expert 2017
Great. Those check and ignore parameters might did the trick.


My input provided part of the solution

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