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A rabid user with administrative rights was "cleaning up ADUC" and decided that the server named "EMAIL" wasn't important.  He deleted it from the domain (using ADUC tool).  This is an Exchange 2010 server (not a DC), the only one on the domain.  Looking for the best/fastest way for getting this back up and running/joined and integrated again?
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I presume the user has been fired? If not that should be your first step.

This isn't going to be an easy restore, because you have lost the link between AD and the server. Do you have a backup of the domain that you can restore? I don't think just adding the machine back to the domain is going to work.

Personally there is only one thing I would do here - and that is call Microsoft support (ideally using the culprit's credit card). This is one of those things that you need to get right first time and any bumbling around will decrease the chances of a successful restore. Get Microsoft to do it right, do it first time and that will be the best chance you have.

Otherwise you are looking at a lot of work, building a new Exchange server, then restoring the databases to a recovery database and generally adding everything back in again.

Simon.
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Thanks Sembee, calling Microsoft was my next step.... Not my user to fire, but I hope something is done.
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Quick question-- where can I find auditing on this action?  I need to prove that this was done, and when.
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Did you have auditing enabled? If not then it isn't logged. If it was, then it should be on one of the domain controllers.

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Thanks Simon-- I did, but it doesn't go back that far.  Something as destructive as that should be logged anyway, just my 2 cents.  THANKS, ON CALL BACK WITH MICROSOFT, will advise. :-)
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Hi folks, thanks for the suggestions, I called Microsoft and for the first time my call was "lost" in their call volume. I called back, nagged, emailed, called again, reminded them it was a system down emergency and still nothing for two days.  I finally resolved it myself using AD recycle bin, using this article, then dropping the .local from the domain name (quick trick to try and force it to re-establish the trust.  Also instrumental
as well was this, and manually rekeying all of the attributes (referencing another server that was setup similiarly to figure out which attributes were required) after reading this reference. Last thing was to put the server object back into the correct membership groups, (exchange domain servers, exchange enterprise servers, exchange trusted subsystem, etc.).  Once all this was done, rebooted the server, the services started and all but iphones synchronization was up and running.  Readded/confirmed info in iphones, and things are back to normal.
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This fixed it.
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