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    Phantom servers

    On the list of servers in Server Manager I have a number of machines that are now no longer on the network either scrapped or testing machines now removed.
    I've tried the "remove from domain" option but it comes back saying the machines are no longer part of the domain and will be removed from list at next update (15 mins). Some of these I've been trying to delete for weeks.
    I've tried deleting directly from the PDC but same response - anybody got any ideas?

    thanks

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    Re: Phantom servers

    Do you have a BDC?
    If so, delete them from there as well and synchronise the PDC & BDC

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    Re: Phantom servers

    Thanks Lief but no go. I've gone round each of the BDCs + PDC and still no joy. I know they;ve sync'd cos other changes I've done have gone round.
    Any other ideas cos I'm stumped.

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    Re: Phantom servers

    Are these 'servers' that are still listed, workstations, or both?

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    Re: Phantom servers

    The ones I'm looking at are all servers. There may well be workstations in a similar situation but to be honest there are too many of them to check which are still active.

    thanks

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    Re: Phantom servers

    Most things I can find seem to point to it being the simple process it should be.

    Otherwise, you may wish to trawl through this lot - if nothing else, they may give you some ideas.

    Q. How do I remove a nonexistent domain controller?
    Q. How do I remove a NT computer from a domain?
    HOWTO: How to Detect and Remove Inactive Machine Accounts (Q197478)
    Batch File Adds/Removes Machine Accounts in Server Manager (Q140387)

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    Re: Phantom servers

    Thanks for your help Lief. I'll give these a look through and let you know.

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    Re: Phantom servers

    Well they've gone but still not sure what the problem was. Best guess it was a problem with the PDC as they went just after we had to reboot it. Logon scripts were definately being sync'd so can only assume it was some glitch stopping the machine list being sync'd and the reboot cured it.

    thanks for your help

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