Deleting Machine Account instead of Disjoing Machine Account

Aside from the negative result of "just" having an orphaned machine account when "deleting instead of disjoining a machine account from the domain", what are any other additional negative results or ramifications of just deleting an Active Directory machine account from the domain.
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Hi Stevesdl,

if the account is deleted no resources would be available

Keith AlabasterEnterprise ArchitectCommented:
To be truthful, it is quite a common scenario. Machines fail or get rebuilt and the majority of times people will not have gone through the orthodox steps of removing machines from the domain first. As you mention, the normal fallout of this is leaving prphaned elements within the AD. In those circumstances deleting the object is the only recourse anyway.


Adam LeinssSCCM EngineerCommented:
A machine account is a basically user account with a $ appended to the end of it (which is hidden from user view).

So the real question is: what is the effect of deleting an account from Active Directory?

If you never delete accounts, your Active Directory database will go exponentially huge.  Queries take longer, more data to backup, etc.

There really are no ramifications for deleting an orphaned computer account.

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I'm thinking they are one and the same.... deleting a Machine Account and disjoining the domain are just two different ways of describing the same thing?

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