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Best way to remove a user account from Windows Server 2008 Standard

I have several users in Active Directory that no longer work with the company (they left ages ago).  Their accounts are still active.

I was going to simply right-click the user in Active Directory Users and Computers, and select Delete.  Microsoft rather instructs to go to Control Panel, System, Advanced, User Profiles, locate the profile to be deleted, and click Delete.

Are these one and the same operations?  I have already backed up the c:\users\<user> folders for the users I want to delete.  My desire is to have no user account for that user in Active Directory, and I intend to delete the c:\users folder once they are removed.

What's the best way to do this?

Dave
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Do you use Roaming profiles? You have to do both.

I was going to simply right-click the user in Active Directory Users and Computers, and select Delete.
 
This is on the Server

Microsoft rather instructs to go to Control Panel, System, Advanced, User Profiles, locate the profile to be deleted, and click Delete.
This in on the Client
NVITEnd-user support

Commented:
- ADUC deletes the account from AD.
- Control Panel: I think this is talking about the user's pc. Deletes the profile on the pc.

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Oh I see.  I was referring specifically to just getting them off the server's AD.  Suddenly my question seems rather stupid! :-)

Thanks very much.
Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution Architect
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Profiles and Active Directory Accounts are completely different. The Account holds all of the permissions access rights, login information etc. The profile is simply the basic default profile that you can customize. They are created when you login to a domain machine.

if you are not using roaming profiles then a new profile will get created when you login to a domain computer for the first time. Deleting the profile only deletes it from the specific computer. Deleting the AD Account deletes this from the domain.

So if you want to remove those accounts from your domain the delete the AD Account in Active Directory Users and Computers.

Will.

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Thanks very much for the help.