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Delete extinct server metadata

Updated: May 1, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To delete extinct server metadata

  1. Open Command Prompt.

  2. Type:

    ntdsutil

  3. At the ntdsutil command, type:

    metadata cleanup

  4. Perform metadata cleanup as follows:

    • If you are performing metadata cleanup by using the version of Ntdsutil.exe that is included with Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1), at the metadata cleanup command, type:

      remove selected serverServerName

      Or

      remove selected serverServerName1on ServerName2

       

      Value Description

      ServerName, ServerName1

      The distinguished name of the domain controller whose metadata you want to remove, in the form cn=ServerName,cn=Servers,cn=SiteName, cn=Sites,cn=Configuration,dc=ForestRootDomain.

      ServerName2

      The DNS name of the domain controller to which you want to connect and from which you want to remove server metadata.

    • If you are performing metadata cleanup by using the version of Ntdsutil.exe that is included with Windows Server 2003 with no service pack, perform metadata cleanup as follows:

    1. At the metadata cleanup command, type:

      connection

    2. At the server connections command, type:

      connect to server Server

    3. At the connection command, type:

      quit

    4. At the metadata cleanup command, type:

      select operation target

    5. At the select operation target command, type:

      list sites

    6. A numbered list of sites will be displayed, type:

      select site SiteNumber

    7. At the select operation target command, type:

      list domains in site

    8. A numbered list of domains in the selected site will be displayed, type:

      select domain DomainNumber

    9. At the select operation target command, type:

      list servers in site

    10. A numbered list of servers in a domain and site will be displayed, type:

      select server ServerNumber

    11. At the select operation target command, type:

      quit

    12. At the metadata cleanup command, type:

      remove selected server

       

      Value Description

      Server

      The DNS name of a domain controller that you want to connect to.

      SiteNumber

      The number associated to the site of the server that you want to clean up, which displays in the list.

      DomainNumber

      The number associated to the domain of the server that you want to clean up, which displays in the list.

      ServerNumber

      The number associated to the server that you want to clean up, which displays in the list.

Notes

  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Domain Admins group (in the domain of the selected domain controller) or the Enterprise Admins group in Active Directory, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure. For more information, see Default local groups, Default groups, and Using Run as.

  • To open a command prompt, click Start, point to All programs, point to Accessories, and then click Command prompt.

  • You can use this procedure to delete from the directory the metadata of a domain controller that could not be cleanly decommissioned.

  • Do not delete the metadata of existing domain controllers.

  • To clean up metadata if you are using the version of Ntdsutil.exe that is included with Windows Server 2003 with no service pack installed, you must first select the operation target. When selecting the operation target for a server to clean up, you must first select the site, and then the domain, of that server.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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