Remove Dead Server from AD

Posted on 2005-04-12
Last Modified: 2008-05-30
How do I go about removing a server from an Active Directory when the server has failed.
The server is completely powered off as it is dead. There are no plans to reinstate it.

Question by:Nermal
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    Accepted Solution

    A nasty process this, I have only had to do it once:;en-us;216498

    Or another article (but not from MS)
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    was the server a DC or a member server?
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    Another question would be if the server was a backup domain controller
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    Author Comment

    I will try "purplepomegranite"'s link first (tomorrow).
    It was a windows2000 DC.
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    AD implies a 2000 or 2003 domain,,, in 2000/2003 domain there is no such thing as a backup domain controller, BDC is an NT4.0 term and is obsolete in 2000/2003 domians.
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    there are alot of things to consider since this was a DC.....

    1.  do you have another dc on the network?  If yes, does the "good" one have a copy of the Global Catalog?
    2.  did the "bad" one have any of the 5 fsmo roles?  if yes then you must sieze these roles with the "good" one
         this is explained here:
    3.  make sure that your good server is the DNS server for the domain... make sure that all your clients/servers point to this good server for dns name resolution.

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