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Tombstoned DCs

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.

Thank you,
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In 2008 if the DC's do not hold any roles you can simply remove the AD account from active directory users and computers, without having to do a metadata cleanup. In your case you can remove the computer objects from ADUC and I would recommend using NTDSutil to ensure that all domain controllers have been moved. If they have not, then a metadat cleanup is needed.

Metadata cleanup
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc816907(v=ws.10).aspx


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Neither of the DC's carry an FSMO roles other than the GC but I have all my DC set as GCs. Is there anything else I need to do after that to clean out the Domain Controllers?  Repadmin.exe? A few people have me scared to death about how much removing a tombstoned DC sucks.
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That was easy.

Thank you very much.
Really thanks again for your help.