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Several weeks ago, the primary Server with 2003 R2 stopped functioning.  After careful research and with help from Microsoft, it was determined that the permission were change in Sysvol.  After several weeks of nightmares, our network is presently working with the following exception.  When I browse through the network, I still see non existing domains.  I have tried using ntdsutil/metadata, unable to find those domains to delete.  Found several articles on experts-exchange all a indicating to use ntdsutil, but I cannot find those domains to delete.  This has not affected our network performance, servers, or users.   But it is a nuisance and I am concerned about possible future problems it might create.  
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by:killbrad
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Are you sure you ran the ntdsutil from EACH domain controller?
And choose "select server xxx" where xxx is that domain controller?
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by:Aaron Thorn
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Yes, I did... We have two servers on the domain, one is handling all the roles and active directory.  The second one has exchange 03 and active directory.  I not getting any errors, such as KDC or FSR on the servers.  I did run ntdsutil on each server again today, but to no avail.  I do see the parent domain and child domain.  Also, we do have a trusted with another domain which we are removing.  Used ntdsutil, but did not see the domains.  Possible I might taking the wrong steps, used before sucessfully.
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Am I correct in thinking that you are browsing using Entire network, etc. (aka Network Neighbourhood).

If so, this relies on two things:

1.  Computer browser service running on computers (restart to clear), if no WINS servers
2.  WINS servers

In WINS, you need to tombstone the dead records, using the WINS management console.
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by:SteveH_UK
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It does sound like your AD is clear.

You should review your DNS zones to check there are no AD entries pointing to the old domains, and also remove any obsolete A and PTR records.
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are you talking about browsing my network places? if so then its not going to be an AD problem it will be a WIN/Netbios problem....use the nbtstat tool to clear all the cached entries
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by:killbrad
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In Windows isnt there also SVR records that need cleared?
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by:SteveH_UK
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The SVR records are the DNS records I was referring to.  NTDSUtil, or dcpromo, should remove these records automatically, but sometimes that fails.
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by:Jay_Jay70
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need to clairfy if you are talking about my network places here....as DNS plays no role in that area
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by:ChiefIT
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You all beat me to these fixes. It's all good information.

Good luck author.
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