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Posted on 2012-04-11
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Dear Expert,

We have windows 2003 Active Directory in one forest.
Please let us know how often we should perform AD clean up and how to do it.
If we upgrade to windows 2008 AD, is the procedure the same.

Thanks,

Charlie Chen
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Depends what you mean by "Cleanup" ...
If you're talking about inactive user and things of that nature, there are a lot of different methods, and products to do this. There is one that I particularly like called AD Tiday : http://www.cjwdev.co.uk/Software/ADTidy/Info.html 

Look at the website, and see if this would do what you're looking to do ...
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You need to do a metadata cleanup in AD 2003 if you remove a DC without demoting it first - if it fails for example.
In 2008 AD there is no need to do this - deleting the computer account from AD performs an automatic cleanup
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Dear Experts:
Thanks for your valuable input.
If we are moving the Domain Controller to the new facility (in different Subnet), what is the right procedure to move DC?  Some of our existing users (about 100 users) are moving to the new facility and some of them (about another 100 users) are staying where they are now?

Regards,

Charlie
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In this scenario (assuming you have multiple Domain Controllers), it seems best to gracefully demote the DC (all roles will transfer automatically to the anothher DC), move it to the new location, reload the OS and promote it back to a DC. It is important that you name it differently than it's previous NETBIOS name.

You can reload the OS as 2008 and run it in 2003 Domain mode until you are ready to upgrade.
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