remove old domain controller with existing server of the same name
Posted on 2010-11-09
I have a unique issue. We've come into a situation where a domain controller had been unsuccessfully removed two years ago and a new server was brought into production with the same name in the same domain. Now, 2 years later, I'm seeing lots of junk in dcdiag in reference to that old domain controller name (this is an inherited network).
My question is, can I safely remove the domain controller reference using ntdsutil metadata cleanup without impacting the current production member server?
The member server has no domain controller roles, and is not in the domain-controller OU. My assumption is that I can do the normal clean up process and leave DNS in place, but I can't afford to accidentally remove the production system from active-directory. Everything is Windows 2003 standard SP2.