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AD Sites and Services Question

I have server 1 and server4 as domain controllers. I confirmed this becuase under AD Users and Computers, these two server are listed in the domain controllers OU. However, under AD Sites and Services, I see server3 which is not a domain controller. Server3 is my exchange server. My question, can I delete this object (server3) in my AD under sites and services since it's not a domain controller?  this might explain why in my server1 event log under directory service, I'm getting a event code 1864 NTDS replication error.  Just need confirmation.
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wlyou
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TheCleanerCommented:
Yep...if it isn't a DC it shouldn't be listed in AD sites and services.
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
saw a similar question the other day, for some reason the exchange server turned up.......if that server was ever a DC, then due to a wonderful bug in the DCPROMO tool, it probably never got removed..... if not then listen to TheCleaner
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wlyouAuthor Commented:
Get a error to not delete server3 container oject. It says to demote using dcpromo. But its not a dc, so do I have to delete the containers within the  server3 container like NTDS Settings first.
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Kini pradeepPrincipal Cloud and security consultantCommented:
you cannot just delete the oject out of AD.
do a metadata cleanup, let the object be in AD in any other container except the DC's.
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TheCleanerCommented:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/216364/

That sounds like what you are experiencing to me.  Are you POSITIVE it is not a DC or never was one?  If you run DCPROMO on the Exchange server does it give you the option to demote it?  (if you do demote it better make sure you have a good full backup just in case).

kprad may be on the right track as well, so here's the KB article on how to do the metadata cleanup if you don't know how:  http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;216498
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