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    Cannot remove Server 2008 roles

    I'm having trouble with one of my servers that is running server 2008. Currently it has been running as a domain controller, print server and hosting the intranet on IIS. As it is getting fairly old and running rather slow i decided to take some of the server roles off it. I was able to demote the server without any problems but now i am unable to remove any of the other roles; such as AD and web services.

    When i try to remove the role in Server Manager it freezes on "Initializing Removal...."
    When i try to remove it from cmd it freezes at 10%

    Any ideas how i could remove them?

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    I would of removed the other roles before demoting the DC this probably has something to do with it to be honest.

    Is there anything showing in Event Log?

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    I was only going to remove the web services role first after i moved to intranet to one of the other servers. I had the same problem so i decided to demote the DC because of how slow it was running.

    No new events that i can see in the event log.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gavlar View Post
    I was only going to remove the web services role first after i moved to intranet to one of the other servers. I had the same problem so i decided to demote the DC because of how slow it was running.

    No new events that i can see in the event log.

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    I am guessing you have tried rebooting the server?

    If you have a look at this TechNet Article it will show you how to remove them via GUI (which don't work) or/ using PowerShell or/ Command Prompt

    Removing Server Roles and Features

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    Thanks James, but i have tried this article. When i used the cmd prompt it got stuck at 10% and using powershell gave me an error saying no valid module was found ( I think it is only supported in 2008 R2 )

    I have rebooted a couple of times.

    Any other ideas??

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    Hmm...

    Does it physically crash when it pauses? I'm surprised nothing is showing in the Event Log to be honest I would expect it to at least throw up an Application Error.

    Can you remotely Manage that box from another 2008 Server and remove the roles that way?

    Launch Server Manager > Right Click on Server Manager (ComputerName) Node > Select "Connect to Another Computer" and see if you can remove the roles from the box that way.

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    It just hangs really and doesn't do anything. I left it over night last night and it was at the same place when i got in this morning.

    Tried to remotely manager the server but it won't let me connect, connection times out. Good idea though thanks

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    @gavlar - You have removed the DC role, what role are you trying to remove now? Only the Web services role? You mention AD again?


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    Sukh - I have demoted the DC but AD is still installed as a role. I would like to remove AD and web services if possible.

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    @gavlar - I would focus on one role at a time, deal with AD first as this may cause other issues.

    1. How many DC are there?
    2. I assume it's single forest? How many domains?
    3. When you tried to demote the DC, did you get any errors? Was this successful?
    4. Collect the logs below and post/PM me.

    %windir%\debug

    Dcpromoui.log
    Dcpromos.log
    Dcpromo.log

    %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\ServerManager\ServerMa nagerExceptions.log
    C:\Users\<your_username>\AppData\Local\Temp\Server Manager.Log

    Sukh

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