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Active Directory Sites and Services 2003 Server

Currysan asked
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I recieved this error when attempting to open the AD Sites and Services console on Win2k3 Server.  "The target principal name is incorrect". IThis machine was at one point an active DC on the Net.  It was truned off for a long period of time (over 1yr.).  I now can't access this console (AD Sites&Svc).  Nor can I perform a DCPROMO to make machine a member first.  I thought about a DCPROMO /forceremoval, but this will leave frags on all DC's...Right?  I need some assistance as I want to have a redundant DC in my Root domain.  I have a child DC doing something similiar, but I'd like to get this fixed and replicating first.
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The machine has been dropped from the domain. After a certain period AD objects are TOmbstoned. You will have to clean up the metadata and force removal from the schema.


Once forcing machine by running DCPROMO /forceremoval.  What are the necessary steps for proper metadata cleanup without crashing AD structure.  You hear about people doing it, but until you have to do it, you wonder.  Is there a process in stone somewhere?

Here is the removal;


And the clean up;

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Solution seams to have done the trick.  Thanks for the speedy assistance.

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