I hope someone will be able to assist me because this has boggled my mind for the past week...
I inherited an Active Directory environment where a couple of domain controllers were deleted out of Active Directory instead of using DCPROMO to demote a DC to a member server and disjoined from the domain. I followed the procedures detailed in the KB article "How to Remove Data in Active Directory After an Unsuccessful Domain Controller Demotion" (article 216498). I used NTDSUTIL and performed a metadata cleanup, used ADSIEDIT to remove any references to the deleted domain controllers, and removed any records in DNS referencing the deleted domain controllers. I even tried using LDP.exe to delete these objects. On top of that I even burned a support call with Microsoft to try to "fix" this but they referred me to the same KB articles I used.
After going through all of this clean up work, I still get error messages in the Event Logs that replication failed with one of the deleted domain controllers. How is this possible? Also, when I view the replication partners using REPLMON, there are entries for DELETED SERVER #_ under each of the current domain controllers. Am I missing something here? Is there some hidden container where I still need to clean up any references to these deleted domain controllers? How can I remove the entries referring to the DELETED SERVER #_ that REPLMON sees in Active Directory? Maybe I just need to chill and not be so obsessive...LOL.
Thanks in advance!!!