Removing an orphaned server from Active Directory
Posted on 2010-08-19
I have a Windows 2003 R2 server that is failed in such a way that I cannot logon interactively (either at the console or via remote session) without a Blue Screen. However, it is otherwise operational in the background.
I have added a server and replicated the 5 roles to it and made it a global catalog. A different server is a working DNS replica.
I will need to run a repair Windows server installation on the faulty server, rejoin it to the domain, and re-replicate the domain data.
However, I assume I will first need to remove this faulty server from the domain directory before rejoining after a reinstall. Since I cannot login interactively on the host, I cannot uninstall active directory services as would normally be done.
I've never removed an orphaned server and would like a little hand holding.
By the way, I have tape backups and a recent system state backup of the failed server, but the restores of either are what caused this issue of Blue Screens. I think there is a mismatched system file or something of the sort, which is why I feel reinstalling the OS (repairing the install) would be the best route. Since all the \Program Files and data are there, perhaps I can use the backed up software hive and be OK.
Any input appreciated.