Forcible removal of DC not quite worked...

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by Fergus, Mar 1, 2006.

  1. Fergus

    Fergus Guest

    Hi folks,

    I needed to forcibly remove a DC from AD the other day (it was a DC we used
    for a DR exercise for Exchange, so I didn't want to put it back on the
    network afterwards), so I did the following:

    Removed NTDS Settings from AD Sites&Services
    Removed the server from AD Sites&Services
    Removed the server from ADU&C (Domain Controllers OU).

    Now this was a bit of a shortcut as I see the main method is first to use
    the Metadirectory Cleanup function of NTDSUtil, but I took a shortcut. In
    fact, all the Cleanup seemed to do was the same as deleting NTDS Settings
    from Sites&Services (I ascertained this by the fact that the meta cleanup no
    longer listed the server after I had deleted it in S&S).

    I am getting problems adding the server back as a DC with the same name,
    although stupidly I didn't jot down the problems I had.

    Could it be that there's still something in AD that's preventing me from
    re-adding this server? And how to get rid of it?

    I know, I could rename the server then add it, but then I wouldn't have
    learned much. :)


    Fergus, Mar 1, 2006
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  2. Fergus

    Paul Bergson Guest

    If you haven't gone through and cleaned all of metadata you haven't finished
    the cleanup. Even though somethings might have been cleaned up you need to
    get all of it out


    Paul Bergson MCT, MCSE, MCSA, CNE, CNA, CCA

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Paul Bergson, Mar 1, 2006
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  3. Omar El-Sherif, Mar 1, 2006
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