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Using Meta Data Cleanup for Removed Windows 2003 Domain Controller

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I just removed a Windows 2003 Domain Controller from a Windows 2000 Domain because FSMO roles transfer failed and I could not complete a demotion.  I am in the process in reinstalling the Win 2003 OS on the pulled server, however, I need to clean up active directory and someone mentioned a Meta Data Cleanup utility.  It was also suggested that I install the Windows 2003 support tools on the Windows 2000 Operations Masters to perform the meta data cleanup.  Has anyone performed this procedure?
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LauraEHunterMVP earned 500 total points
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This procedure uses the ntdsutil utility, which is built into the 2003 operating system.

Follow the steps in this KB article to perform a metadata cleanup of your failed 2K3 server: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/216498
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by:Jackspiner
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Do you recommend installing the Windows Server 2003 Support Tools on the current operations masters (which is a Windows 2000 Server) and then use the ntdsutil to perform meta data cleanup?  I just reinstalled the Win 2003 Svr OS on the machine that was the domain controller (with a different server name of course)?
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ntdsutil can be run from anywhere but it's always desirable to have support tools available locally.
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by:Jackspiner
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Forgive me but I am trying to understand/ensure if the Meta Data Cleanup will allow me to remove the remains of the Windows 2003 DC (which was otteropsmasters in this case) that no longer exists.  I want to ensure Active Directory is clean prior to attemping FSMO Roles transfer again.  Thanks.
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by:LauraEHunterMVP
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Yes, the metadata cleanup process will remove all references to the failed DC.
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Thank you very much the information was on the money!
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