Phantom user account

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by PL, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. PL

    PL Guest

    I recently tried creating a new account but received an error stating
    that there was already an account with that logon name in the
    enterprise. At first, I couldn't find it anywhere, but then I did
    find it in another domain within the same forest when doing a search
    on the Entire Directory in ADUC. There is an account that shows up
    when searching there, but it's been deleted some time ago. I can only
    see this account in the Find dialog, not in any ADUC container.
    Within the dialog, the account can not be deleted again, nor renamed
    or moved.

    How do I clean this up so that I can create an new account with this

    PL, Mar 5, 2007
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  2. This is very strange behavior. Since a logon name (SAMAccountName) has only
    to be unique in the same domain, I cannot explain that error. This only can
    happen when the UPN (which has to be unique in the whole forest) should be
    duplicated. Is that the case?
    The other scenario you're telling us about, reminds me of lingering objects,
    that still exist in global catalog but not in the originated domain.
    There are sevral ways to remove lingering objects. In 2003 SP1 you can use
    the repadmin command with the aquivalent option and give it a try. The most
    reliant way of course is to rebuild the Global Catalog freshly on all GC DCs
    in the forest.
    Robert K
    Robert Kettel, Mar 5, 2007
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  3. PL

    PL Guest

    The UPN is the same. I tried rebuilding the GC by unchecking the box,
    applying changes and checking the box back on and applying again, is
    this the correct procedure for rebuilding the GC? If it is, it didn't

    PL, Mar 5, 2007
  4. PL

    Al Mulnick Guest

    What you describe is very similar to lingering/phantom objects. I say
    similar, because I don't have all of the information that might be available
    but it's highly likely that's what it is.

    Before you try to fix any of the issues, have a look at the kb (this is the 2000 version. I can't
    find the 2003 version at the moment - but you should have a look for one)
    and find and repair the root cause. Otherwise, you're just pounding sand. :)

    Al Mulnick, Mar 6, 2007
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