I have 2 tombstoned DC's. One is Server 2003R2 it has been offline for 3+ years. The other is Server 2008R2 that has been disconnected for over a year. The schema has been updated to Server 2008R2 but I only have a 2003R2 and a 2008 active DCs.
What should I do to remove the 2 tombstoned servers from active directory? I don't want to put the servers back on the network to run dcpromo because I heard if they are that old they could cause some real problems in replication. Is this true?
This article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/216498
mentions from a 2008 or 2008R2 server I can just remove the computer from the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in to remove all the metadata for a server object. Am I reading this correctly?
Most of the articles I've found deal with 2003 servers or earlier, I'm wondering if there is a different process for 2008 and later.