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CNF objects in AdsiEdit?

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What are these objects in ADSIEdit that display CN=MicrosoftDNS(box object)CNF:xxxxxx-xxxx-xxx exc

Can I get more information on these?

Thanks a bunch
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Chris DentPowerShell Developer
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Hey,

CNF objects are created when Conflicting objects exist in the Directory (two identical objects).

In many cases they can be safely deleted. However, a backup should be taken as a precaution prior to deletion. Further investigation will be required if they appear again.

Chris

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How do I know which one can be deleted? In what cases can they not be deleted?

Thanks
Chris DentPowerShell Developer
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I've yet to see a case where they cannot be deleted. But it is still a deletion so should be treated with caution.

Which tree are you seeing the conflicting object under? I'm assuming CN=System,DC=yourdomain,DC=com? Or are you seeing it under either DomainDnsZones or ForestDnsZones?

Chris

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Application partition. It was a DNS object obviusly however can't tell due to the long tring name.

Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance for the help :)
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Personally, I would take a backup of the DC then delete the CNF object. It serves no purpose being there, the only concern would be if another came back afterwards.

If it does, and it is in the application partition then we could always move the DNS zone in the Directory partition, delete the application partitions then recreate them.

AD is rather forgiving as far as the DNS tree is concerned :)

Chris

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