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Force domain controller removal

Updated: March 2, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Use this procedure to force the removal of Active Directory from a domain controller.

Administrative Credentials

To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Domain Admins group.

To force domain controller removal

  1. Click Start, click Run, type the following command and then press ENTER:

    Dcpromo /forceremoval

  2. At the Welcome to the Active Directory Installation Wizard page, click Next.

  3. At the Force the Removal of Active Directory page, click Next.

  4. In Administrator Password, type the password and confirmed password that you want to assign to the Administrator account of the local SAM database, and then click Next.

  5. In Summary, click Next.

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