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Server 2008 R2 : The operation failed because: The attempt at remote directory server to remove directory was unsuccessful. “Access is denied.” [SOLVED]

When trying to demote a Domain controller with DCPROMO, you may receive this error

Error:

Network Credentials

The operation failed because: The attempt at remote directory server <Servername> to remove directory <servername to remove> was unsuccessful. “Access is denied.”

Click Next

Optional select “Reboot on completion”

Error message, your unable to add an account .

 

Solution:

 

In AD Sites and Services, go to the server you want to remove => select the properties of the NTDS settings => tab Object => DESELECT ‘Protect object from accidental deletion’ => OK (Wait about half an hour when you have multiple domain controllers for synchronization.

 

 

Optional you may also need to deselect the same option at the properties of the Domain Controller, in AD Users and Computer

Try the DCPROMO again, and this will work.

4 comments to Server 2008 R2 : The operation failed because: The attempt at remote directory server to remove directory was unsuccessful. “Access is denied.” [SOLVED]

  • Marty in SD

    Thank you for posting this and the help.

  • David

    Thank you, very helpful.

  • Dave

    Trying also to demote a DC. However, the DC I’m trying to demote failed so I am not able to access it at all.

    I’ve already removed the check mark for everything I could find relating to the server I am trying to be rid of. Still no luck. Still getting “Access is Denied” error.

    Any other suggestions would be very much appreciated.

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