Manually remove AD

Posted on 2012-08-14
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
Hi All,

One of our physical domain controllers died today, its not under warranty and we wont be bringing it back to life.

how do I manually remove it from AD?

The domain controller that's died is a windows 2008 R2 server.  our domain functional level is 2003.

many thanks
Question by:detox1978
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    Accepted Solution

    Follow the steps in the below KB:
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    Author Comment

    When I get to step 12 it says;

    select operation target: list servers in site
    Found 1 server(s)
    0 - (null)

    We have four serves in sites and services
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    Assisted Solution

    Hopeing you had another domain controller in your domain / forest and will never bring back the dead DC.

    Log on to the other DC and Seize the Operations Master Role that the dead DC had. Below URL will be help full in conducting the seizing of role.

    Once the Roles has been seized run the NTDSUTIL dead Domain/DC Cleanup also known as metadata cleanup.
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    by:Mike Kline
    If you have other 2008 R2 DCs then the metadata cleanup is much easier, just delete to old DC from AD Users and computers


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    Assisted Solution

    As the domain functional level is 2003, then you must do a metadata cleanup - see
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    Author Comment

    worked it out.  you have to run the command locally on the server you are querying...

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