File Replication Service hangs at Stopping while demoting DS



I am retiring a DC. Previously, it ran DNS, DHCP, WINS and held 3 FSMO roles
as well as being the Licensing master. I've successfully migrated these
functions to other DCs. I had the system off the network for a week to watch
for log errors in case something depended on this server.

When I run dcpromo to demote it to a member server, the process displays a
dialog box with the following:

The operation failed because:
Failed to prepare for or remove the sysvol replication
"the file replication service cannot be stopped"

In Services, File Replication shows a status of "Stopping".

I haven't found anything that addresses this particular problem. Any help
would be appreciated.

Paul Bergson

Well the easiest thing to do would be to do a dcpromo /forceremoval and then
clean up your metadata after the fact. You could also try and troubleshoot
the problem.

To clean up metadata

If you would like to troubleshoot:

Run diagnostics against your Active Directory domain.

If you don't have the tools installed, install them from your server install

Run dcdiag and netdiag in verbose mode.

If you download a gui script I wrote it should be simple to set and run. It
also has the option to run individual tests without having to learn all the
switch options.

The script is at, download it
and save it to c:\program files\support tools\

Just select both dcdiag and netdiag make sure verbose is set. (Leave the
default settings for dcdiag as set when selected)

When complete search for fail, error and warning messages.



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