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Performing Metadata Cleanup

Solution: To remove lingering objects from AD DS after a forceful removal of a DC, you must perform metadata cleanup.

To perform a metadata cleanup, perform the following steps:

  1. Log on to a writable domain controller.
  2. Click Start, click Administrative Tools, and click Active Directory Users and Computers.
  3. In the Active Directory Users and Computers console, select the Domain Controllers Organizational Unit (OU).
  4. Right-click the domain controller you want to remove from the metadata, and select Delete.
  5. On the dialog box to confirm the computer object deletion, shown in Figure 3.51, click Yes.

    Figure 3.51

    Figure 3.51 Confirming computer deletion.

  6. On the Deleting Domain Controller dialog box, shown in Figure 3.55, select the option This Domain Controller is permanently offline and can no longer be demoted using the Active Directory Domain Services Installation Wizard (DCPROMO). Then click Delete.

    Figure 3.55

    Figure 3.55 The Deleting Domain Controller dialog box.

  7. If the domain controller was also a global catalog server, you receive an additional prompt asking whether you want to continue, as shown in Figure 3.56; click Yes.

    Figure 3.56

    Figure 3.56 Global catalog deletion confirmation.

  8. If the domain controller holds any operations master roles, an additional prompt displays. Click OK to move the roles to the server(s) DCPROMO recommends, or click Cancel and move the roles manually.
  9. The Active Directory Domain Users and Computers console cleans all metadata for the DC.
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