When deleting a computer that was a member server, get "object is a container and contains other objects..." message
Posted on 2006-11-21
Here's the situation:
We recently purchased a new server to replace two old servers on our network. The new server successfully took over all new roles, DNS holdings, exchange, etc... (this is over the course of a couple of weeks). The old servers were then demoted, then removed from the domain, and finally the drives were wiped after we confirmed everything was working fine. Just to be clear, we aren't having any problems, no event log errors, nadda. Everything is working great.
HOWEVER, the computer object of the old servers did not get removed from Active Directory! Instead, the computer object was simply disabled. I'd like to delet this object, but when I go to delete it, I get this message: "Object <old server name> is a container and contains other objects. Are you sure you want to delete object <old server name> and objects it contains? This operation could take a long time if <old server name> contains a large number of objects."
It lets me delete it, but I just want to make sure I'm not going to hose something if I do. What could it possibly contain? How do I find out? Is it safe to delete it?
I've searched around and found nothing on this particular case so far, but I could've missed it ;)
Thanks for the help!