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Removing an Active Directory replication Partner

Posted on 2006-07-03
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My network consists of 4 primary servers: 1 Windows 2003 SP 1 DC w/ Global Catalog role; a second Windows 2003 SP1 DC; an Exchange 2003 SP1 mail server that is just a member server and Windows 2000 SP4 file server.

The Exchange server used to be a DC as well but had a nervous breakdown a few months ago and crashed un-ceremoniously. (Back then I didn't have the other W2K3 DC setup as I do now.)I kept the same server name when I rebuilt it but this time I did not make it a Domain controller. I just discovered that the Exchange server was still listed in AD sites and services (ADSS) as a replication partner.

I want to remove the exchange servers entry in ADSS and believe I should do that via metabase cleanup thru the NTDSutil utility.

What I don't want to do is mess up my Active Directory any more than it already is. Is this the right way to fix the ADSS listing?

Thanks for your help.
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http://www.petri.co.il/delete_failed_dcs_from_ad.htm

you are correct, you will need to remove using the ntdsutil and manually delete from sites and services
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by:entre-tcv
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I guess the paranoia is coming from the fact that I want to make sure I am not removing the Exchange server object which is functioning quite well currently and has the same name as its deceased father. I know what I want to remove...I just want to be sure Active Directory does.....
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I have used that link twice in the past and it has not let me down yet. (more than I can say for Windows 2003 I can tell you).
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I am not 100% but i don't think NTDSUTIL will let you remove something that isnt dead....so i wouldnt be to worried
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