Removing orphaned DC

Posted on 2007-09-28
Last Modified: 2010-03-17
Hello everyone,

I have a Windows 2003 Server (Ent).  We are on the process of getting additional servers.  Prior to doing that, I have an orphaned domain controller with (FSMO, GC) roles have seized and transferred to the new server.  The old server is offline.  When I check the AD Sites & Services, I still see the old DC listed as one of the replication servers.  I also know there's a tool to use (ADSIEdit) and (NTDSUtil) to clean up the metadata, but I have never done it (besides in school).  So could anyone give me some insights?

Thanks in advance.
Question by:christian_dinh
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    Does it matter if it's not a failed DC?  Since it has been offline and everything is transferred over.  I looked at this website and his article, but just haven't proceed.

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    by:Jeremy Weisinger
    The steps are the same if it crashed or if you just disconnected it from the network and are never going to connect it again.
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    No if its not there and was not removed properly from AD then treat it as a failed DC.

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