Remove DC from Win2K8 AD - Sites & Services Console

Posted on 2012-08-20
Last Modified: 2012-08-20
At a site and on a Win2K8 AD there is a DC still listed in Active Directory Sites & Services console that was retired years ago. All of the FSMO roles, Global Catalogs, DNS Servers, etc... have long since been migrated to a new machine or machines. This no-longer-used DC does not show-up in AD Users & Computers, Domain Controllers, not in the DNS Server entries for the domain, and not in any WINS Server databases. Is it okay to just right-click on this long-since-retired DC and delete it ? Are there any other places I should check to see if this older DC is still listed ? Any other best practices or recommendations before I just delete it ? Or since that older server has not been in existance for over two years is this just as simple as right-clicking on that one entry in AD Sites & Services and deleting it ?


Question by:LGroup1
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    Yes you can just delete it.  Since you are on 2008 doing it that way will also clean out metadata/old references if they are still in AD, more on that here

    Before 2008 you would have to check for metadata/old references using ntdsutil (that method still works in 2008 but the GUI method is easier)


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    by:Will Szymkowski
    When you demote a server from your domain you would think it automatically remots everything but it does not. If the server no longer exists and does not have any NTDS Settings you can simply delete it. Another place i would check is DNS under _msdcs folder for your domain.

    Hope this helps!

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    This is perfect, thanks all !

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