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Adding Computer to Domain Remotely

I deleted a computer from Active Directory that wasn't being used. Now we want to use it again for some things. The computer itself is still on the domain and I re-added it in active directory but it doesn't have a relationship trust. Is there a way to make this work? This comptuer is remote so I don't have access to it.
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So you deleted the computer account from AD without dis-joining the computer?  You cannot just add another computer account in the AD with the computer name and it work.  The account SID won't match.  You need to dis-join the computer, reboot, then re-join it.

Do you have Remote Desktop access to it?
renaming the computer and then join the domain with a new name

I know you said it is a remote computer but maybe someone there can do the rename for you.
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I do have remote access to it but I can't log in because it's not trusted. (not sure what the local admin is, this computer was around before we took this place over) I was just curious if there was a way to do it. I will create a user and have someone there do it for me.

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You connect via remote access software - join.me, logmein, gotoassist, etc.

know or reset the local admin password.

remove the machine from the domain.

Log in as the local admin

Create a VPN connection to the domain (set for all users!)

Connect to the VPN

Join the domain

Reboot

Login using your domain credentials (by having the VPN set for all users when you create it, it should be available to start at/before logging in to Windows and thus allow users to connect to the domain at logon without actually using cached credentials).