Issue with AD on Windows 2003

I had moved the all fsmo roles from my original domain controller to new domain controller and had shutdown the original domain controller instead of demoting it. This was done some 2 years back. My new Domain controller is working just fine. Entries of the old domain controller are still in the metadata. Now we are installing a new application which tries to prepare forest and tries to locate the old domain controller to prepare it. Since it cannot find the old DC, the process fails.

My question is:

1. I can delete the Old DC from metadata using NTDSUTIL. However, when our exchange server and sharepoint servers were installed, Old DC was the primary DC at that time. Though after moving the roles to new DC exchange and sharepoint application are running fine. However, if i delete Old DC from metadata using NTDSUTIL, will it affect them in any way?

2. What if i bring up the old DC, which is down for last 2 years, and try to demote it. Is this a good idea?

If there are any other way, please let me know.

thanks
Pramod Barthwal
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Mike KlineConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Don't bring the old DC back up because you are past the tombstone lifetime period so it won't be able to replicate and will cause issues there.

The ntdsutil metadata cleanup procedure that you talked about is what you should do in this case.

http://www.petri.co.il/delete_failed_dcs_from_ad.htm


Thanks

Mike
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Premkumar YogeswaranAnalyst II - System AdministratorCommented:
1. Deleting the meta data wont affect the exiting exchange or sharepoint services...!
Refer the link above posted by mike to remove the meta data..

2. Dont bring the old DC online, since it is passed tomb stone life time period the objects will be considered as lingering objects and it wont replicate among the Domain.

Regards,
Prem
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SandeshdubeySenior Server EngineerCommented:
As the exchange and sharpoint is working fine running metadata cleanup will not cause any issue to these service.

You can format the old DC and load the OS and repromote the DC but before you promote the old DC remove the instances of old dc from AD database and DNS.
Refer below link for the same:http://support.microsoft.com/kb/216498.

Note:Before you format the old DC make the server online do not connect the server to network.You can uplug the NIC cable and do full backup of the server and then proceed.
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