Metadata cleanup to remove tombstoned DC from forest

After doing some research online, I see that if a DC is tombstoned, you need to remove it from the network, run /forceremoval, and metadata cleanup.


However, I am a bit confused. Especially since i may not need to promote this DC again. I was thinking about permanently removing it.

After disconnecting from the network and running /forceremoval i was trying to run metadata cleanup. But I am confused, shouldn't i do this from another working domain controller?

 If this is true, after running metadata cleanup, is there anything else i need to perform so that my domain controllers no longer see any records of my tombstoned DC?


BTW this DC which is tombstoned does not carry out any FSMO roles.


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tobe1424Asked:
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Mike KlineConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Yes you do the metadata cleanup from a working DC.  Once you do that and the changes have replicated you should be able to add that DC back to the domain and then promote it again.


Note:  Just for others that come to this question...does not apply here.  If he had FSMO roles those would have to be seized.

Thanks

Mike
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tobe1424Author Commented:
i just received confirmation from my managers that we need to promote the tombstoned dc along with retaining the same name..

is this possible?
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tobe1424Author Commented:
thanks mike. I will try to run that now and then promote the dc again
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Mike KlineCommented:
how big is your domain/forest?  Make sure all the metadata clean/deletions replicated.  Spot check things like DNS.


Thanks

Mike
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tobe1424Author Commented:
the forest contains 5 DC's and about 30 servers max.

in DNS, will i have to manually delete records? If so, i simply delete anything that has to do with my tombstone server?
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tobe1424Author Commented:
when i run the "remove selected server SERVERNAME", it returns the following:

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>ntdsutil
ntdsutil: metadata cleanup
metadata cleanup: remove selected server icdc02
Binding to localhost ...
Connected to localhost using credentials of locally logged on user.
LDAP error 0x22(34 (Invalid DN Syntax).
Ldap extended error message is 0000208F: NameErr: DSID-031001BA, problem 2006 (B
AD_NAME), data 8350, best match of:
        'CN=Ntds Settings,icdc02'

Win32 error returned is 0x208f(The object name has bad syntax.)
)
Unable to determine the domain hosted by the DC (5). Please use the connection m
enu to specify it.


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I am following the instructions from this Microsoft link:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc736378%28WS.10%29.aspx

Any ideas?
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tobe1424Author Commented:
BTW I am running Win server 2003 sp2
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tobe1424Author Commented:
Am I suppose to enter something different for the server name than simply the hostname? FQDN also generated an error.

I am trying this from the primary dc
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