Server still in Active Directory Sites and Services after removing AD

Posted on 2009-04-22
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Recently I successfully removed a domain controller using dcpromo.  There were no error during the removal and then the computer restarted successfully as a member server.  It doesn't have any of the administrative tools for AD left on it.  Also I ran dcdiag to  make sure the other two domain controllers were polling correctly.

I noticed in Active Directory Sites and Services the server is still listed under my site.  When I click on it, it doesn't show the NTDS Settings object.  Is this behavior normal for the server to remain in AD Sites and Services?  Is it ok to delete the server from there once it's been demoted?  The server is Windows 2003 and the AD was running in native mode.  It did not hold any FSMO roles.


Question by:cja777
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    Accepted Solution

    That is completely normal, the dcpromo doesn't remove them from sites and services.  Just go in and delete the server object from sites and services.

    Author Comment

    Glad to know that it's as expected.  By chance do you know if there is a knowledge base article about this?  I wasn't able to readily find anything on it.
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    Expert Comment

    This is normal because the server object is a container int he AD and may hold child objects that represent configuration data for other services installed on your computer. You can delete it.

    Here's the reference:
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    Expert Comment

    opps..sorry Mike, another collision for being slow.

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