How to remove lingering objects

Posted on 2009-04-25
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I have active directory domain with windows 2003 , I read an articles from microsoft to remove the lingering objects , but i think i chose the wronge values for the script from active directory error at the event viewer to remove it , the erro message at the active directory as folllow:
Active Directory Replication encountered the existence of objects in the following partition that have been deleted from the local domain controllers (DCs) Active Directory database.  Not all direct or transitive replication partners replicated in the deletion before the tombstone lifetime number of days passed.  Objects that have been deleted and garbage collected from an Active Directory partition but still exist in the writable partitions of other DCs in the same domain, or read-only partitions of global catalog servers in other domains in the forest are known as "lingering objects".
 This event is being logged because the source DC contains a lingering object which does not exist on the local DCs Active Directory database.  This replication attempt has been blocked.
 The best solution to this problem is to identify and remove all lingering objects in the forest.
Source DC (Transport-specific network address):
Object GUID:
User Action:
Remove Lingering Objects:
 The action plan to recover from this error can be found at
 If both the source and destination DCs are Windows Server 2003 DCs, then install the support tools included on the installation CD.  To see which objects would be deleted without actually performing the deletion run "repadmin /removelingeringobjects <Source DC> <Destination DC DSA GUID> <NC> /ADVISORY_MODE". The eventlogs on the source DC will enumerate all lingering objects.  To remove lingering objects from a source domain controller run "repadmin /removelingeringobjects <Source DC> <Destination DC DSA GUID> <NC>".
 If either source or destination DC is a Windows 2000 Server DC, then more information on how to remove lingering objects on the source DC can be found at or from your Microsoft support personnel.
 If you need Active Directory replication to function immediately at all costs and don't have time to remove lingering objects, enable loose replication consistency by unsetting the following registry key:
Registry Key:
HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\NTDS\Parameters\Strict Replication Consistency
 Replication errors between DCs sharing a common partition can prevent user and compter acounts, trust relationships, their passwords, security groups, security group memberships and other Active Directory configuration data to vary between DCs, affecting the ability to log on, find objects of interest and perform other critical operations. These inconsistencies are resolved once replication errors are resolved.  DCs that fail to inbound replicate deleted objects within tombstone lifetime number of days will remain inconsistent until lingering objects are manually removed by an administrator from each local DC.
 Lingering objects may be prevented by ensuring that all domain controllers in the forest are running Active Directory, are connected by a spanning tree connection topology and perform inbound replication before Tombstone Live number of days pass.

there are two servers contain this error , i attached the scripts used to remove the  lingering objects from the two servers ,

i need to know if i used the correct object at the scripts or not

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Question by:Maged_Ramez
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    Did u tried repadmin /removelingeringobjects ServerName ServerGUID DirectoryPartition /advisory_mode

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