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DC deleted manually - oopps.  How do I clean all the metadata and what do I do to make it now officially gone

Posted on 2006-10-24
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
I created a secondary dc that wouldn't boot at all.  I couldn't demote it either.  The DC was useless but still appears in my DC list on active directory.
How do I kill it now that the server has been reformatted?  I just want the DC data in AD gone for good.  I do have my primary FSMO DC still online and valid.  HELP HELP
Question by:chitchcock
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mikeleebrla earned 500 total points
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the link below is straight from MS and tells you exacly how to do it:


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I believe the article Microsoft kb refers to a domain with a dc you still have active.  My DC has been formatted so I cannot connect to it
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in your original question you said you the 'bad' DC is still showing up in active directory.  How are you going into active directory on a domain that isn't 'active' as you state in your last post.

if you have ANY good DC up and running in your domain, then you need to do the steps in the link above.  those steps will purge ANY reference to the bad DC from your working active directory DCs.

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The bad DC is still showing up in the DC list in AD.  I can see it in the good primary DC#2 AD list as I stated.  I didn't state the domain wasn't active only a dc within a domain was formatted and gone.  This doesn't negate the fact that AD still lists a now defunct and gone DC in its DC list.  I still have a Good DC but the steps indicated by the kb article ask you to use ntdutil  in procedure#2 to connect to the DC which is impossible.

I will go over the steps again but it didn't let me do it the first time I tried

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ID: 17799195
My mistake, I was attempting to connect to the failed DC not a current active one in NTDSUTIL.  IT WORKED and thanks for your help
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glad you got it fixed

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