troubleshooting Question

sysvol and netlogon missing but i still have old domain controller

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Active DirectoryWindows Server 2012Windows Server 2008
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My scenario is this, I started with a network of two 2008 servers acting as domain controllers.  I added a 2012r2 server and then transferred the FSMO roles to it and set it as a global catalog server and then removed the two 2008 servers from being global catalog servers.  I then demoted the first of the two servers.  At this point I noticed the 2012r2 server did not have the sysvol and netlogon directory so I pointed DNS to it and had it assume FSMO roles.  Active directory is working on my network again, but I still have the 2012r2 server that is not working properly.  I have found articles about an authoritive and non-authoritive restore but I don't want to force this server into production if it isn't necessary.  I would rather do it via normal processes.

My question is this, can I simply demote it and promote it again and see if it will work properly on a second attempt?

can anyone explain the risks of using an authoritive or non-authoritive restore?
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