Remove unsuccessful renamed domain controller

September 17, 2012 at 18:27:00
Specs: Windows 95, 98, ME,, Pentium 2 - Pentium
Okay so I just created added a new Domain Controller, But I forgot to rename it from the WIN-xxx so I renamed the domain controller AFTER I ran dcpromo.exe and after I did that, the other domain controllers DO NOT SEE the renamed. I suspect that it doesn't even replicate.

This frustrated me... Microsoft REALLY needs to fix this bug in their software.

So I did this.....

I FORCE deleted the WIN-xxx from both the Active Directory Users and Computer AND Active Directory Sites and Services, HOPING that it would replicated, but it didn't. I then ERASED the one I renamed (that means reformatted and reinstalled Windows Server on that computer) and I am starting that server over.

The problem is, what traces of this "failed" renamed domain controller is on my domain? How do I COMPLETELY erase the old WIN-xxx which I have already erased via Active Directory Users and Computers? It was by default, a Global Catalog, but There are no FSMO roles on it.

Does anyone know how to erase the WIN-xxx box which I permanently erased?

The servers are all Windows Server 2008 R2 boxes.

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September 18, 2012 at 01:40:03
Have you deleted the record on one of the other DCs?

I suspect that the correct procedure would have been to demote the DC, rename it, and then promote it again. Having said that, I can't recall ever having had any problem renaming a DC, but it's not something that one does regularly.

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September 18, 2012 at 10:32:56
All that would need to happen is the dns server host and ptr records would need to be updated.

Microsoft can't fix it when people don't follow their procedures.

You will need to do a metadata cleanup.

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September 18, 2012 at 12:46:08
Delete it out of AD Sites and Services as well.

Andrew Leonard
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