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What are the steps to remove a DC from AD? The DC server 2003 is down and will not be repaired. This server will be removed completely from AD.
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by:madhatter5501
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The computer is down and there is no way to login?  What DC had the FMSO roles?
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fsmo roles*
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Mike Kline earned 1500 total points
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ok so the server can't even be turned on

Step 1:  Metadata cleanup (do this from a good DC)  
http://www.petri.co.il/delete_failed_dcs_from_ad.htm
http://msmvps.com/blogs/ad/archive/2008/12/17/how-to-remove-a-failed-or-offline-dc.aspx

Did that server hold any FSMO roles.  If it did seize those roles
http://www.petri.co.il/seizing_fsmo_roles.htm


...and a Microsoft KB with the official KB articles

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555846/en-us?p=1
How to remove completely orphaned Domain Controller

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Mike
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If that was the FSMO role holder then you need to seize roles to another dc other wise you are good to go with metadata cleanup

Seize role: http://www.petri.co.il/seizing_fsmo_roles.htm
Transfer roles: http://www.petri.co.il/transferring_fsmo_roles.htm
Metadata cleanup: http://www.petri.co.il/delete_failed_dcs_from_ad.htm
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by:SAM2009
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No there is no FSMO role on that down DC.
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by:madhatter5501
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then you should be set to do the cleanup with the link above
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by:SAM2009
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One more question. Instead of doing metadata cleanup with NTDSUTIL could we do it manually like in ADSIEDIT for exemple?
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by:Mike Kline
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Not sure but there is really no reason to not use NTDSUTIL.  In windows 2008 and higher the metadata cleanup is even easier.  In those versions if you delete the DC using ADUC then the metadata cleanup happens automatically.


Thanks

Mike
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Should I force Active Directory replication by using "Repadmin.exe" at the end?
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by:Mike Kline
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You can but it is not necessary.
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Thank you for all!
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