AD computer object is missing suddenly, why?

This is using mixed Windows 2003 and 2008 AD Domain. There are 1 W2K3 and 2 W2K8 DCs. However, a computer object of one of the newly-created file server that created 2 months ago was found missing. It can't be find in AD Users and computers MMC of any of the 3 DCs. But, if i type "net view" in any PC, I managed to see the filesvr, and I still able to browse to any file shares on the server.

I did tried to dis-join this fileserver from the domain, reboot, and then re-join it back to the domain without problem. However, still can't find the computer object in the AD, why? What is went wrong with the server? How can I get back the computer object?

Thanks.
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MichaelBalackAsked:
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MichaelBalackAuthor Commented:
I typed "set" and found that this server is contacting one of the DC called filesvr2 as logonserver. This server has replication problem to the rest of the 2 DCs - mail1 & dc01. Replication between mail1 & DC01 is working fine. Should I change the logonserver to DC01 or mail1? One thing bothers me is the primary  and secondary dns for this server are pointing to mail1 & dc01, respectively. But, why it still contacting filesvr2 as logonserver?
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arnoldCommented:
enumerate all computers in the AD, it likely was moved to a sub OU..
dsquery computer | find /i "computer name"
depending on how many you have, it might be that it was attached to a differently named object.

Try this, use the system you can not find to access another systems admin share that is commonly not used as a fileserver with a share, then see how this system is reflected on that system's share accessing interface (compmgmt.msc sharing/fileserver role.)
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arnoldCommented:
you can not control the logon server, it is determined by a dns query on the local server locating available DCs using a srv record lookup.

Your best bet is to identify and resolve the issues causing the replication issues.
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compdigit44Commented:
On the problem DC you could demote it... Make sure AD is clear of all metadata then pro-mot the server again
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arnoldCommented:
What is this server, demoting as a means of repair could result in loss of data, I.e. Changes requested by users while logged in to that DC will be lost.
Identifying the cause for the system being out if sync, might identify some other issues.
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MichaelBalackAuthor Commented:
Hi Arnold,

Let's me take some time to read through all suggestions. I'll get back to you.
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MichaelBalackAuthor Commented:
Eventually, I demoted the DC because this DC having ad replications failure with other 2 DCs. Thanks for Arnold's explanation and pointed the correct culprit.
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