Forcing Server 2008 Domain Controller Demotion

In Windows Server 2003 forcing the demotion of a domain controller was a pretty straightforward process and was done by issuing the command dcpromo /forceremoval. This worked great unless you were in safe mode, in which it wouldn’t work at all.

The good news is that this caveat no longer exists in Windows Server 2008, meaning you can forcibly demote a domain controller even if the server will not boot up normally.

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