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Removing failed 2008R2 DC from ADUC after running /forceremoval

Posted on 2014-11-14
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DCDIAG reported a DC had exceeded its replication tombstone. We attempted to gracefully remove AD using DCPROMO with no luck. So we disconnected it from the network, ran /forceremoval (worked), then went into AD to remove the remnants. Took it out of ADS&S no problem, removed all DNS records no problem, but attempted to remove it from the Domain Controllers container in ADUC and got a pop-up that said:

Windows cannot delete object [server name] because:
Directory Object not found

Do I need to use ADSIUTIL now to manually clean this up? The server is permanently offline.
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by:Joseph Daly
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Did you run a metadata cleanup?

http://www.petri.com/delete_failed_dcs_from_ad.htm
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by:214-042308
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No good. Got to "list servers in site" after selecting the site it existed in and "Found 0 servers" but the artifact remains in ADUC. So, looks like using ADSIEDIT and not NTDSUTIL?
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by:Neil Russell
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Yes you need to find the server in ADSI Edit and expand it and delete the child objects from it first.
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Apparently it's true that Windows Server 2008R2 will automatically remove metadata - the object is now gone from ADUC without my further intervention. I will still run ADSIUTIL to see if I have any vestigial metadata, but it appears AD is now clean.
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