Trouble demoting DC with broken replication

Andreas Oster aoster at
Mon May 19 11:24:14 MDT 2014

Am 19.05.2014 19:09, schrieb Marc Muehlfeld:
> Hello Andreas,
> Am 19.05.2014 12:26, schrieb Andreas Oster:
>> Do you / does anybody have an idea how to get rid of those orphaned
>> entries ?
> Two weeks ago I wrote the 'Demote a DC' HowTo
> (
> While doing researches and testings for the HowTo, it turned out, that
> currently there seems to be no way (samba-tool or the usual Windows
> ways) to demote a lost DC and cleanup the metadata.
> I created a bug report about that:
> I guess the only way would be to manually find the stuff inside the AD
> and remove it manually via ldbedit. But I really would be afraid of that!
> An other idea I had, would be to temporary join a machine with the same
> name/IP as DC and then demote it with samba-tool. After that maybe less
> directory entries have to be removed (like the ophaned objectGUID
> entries). But this was just an idea and I wanted to try it in my test
> environment. But I think it would be a risky way and should be not
> recommend.
> I think this is a very serious problem/bug!
> Regards,
> Marc
Hello Marc,

I tried to remove the failed DC in two ways (it actually was not
completely dead). My first try was to remove the dc by using samba-tool
demote, my second try was by force the removal via a metadata cleanup
vbs script which someone recommended. But both methods lead to the same
orphaned replication entries. I removed any traces of the dc in DNS and
Sites&Service but to no avail.

I am afraid to mess directly with the AD via lbedit, so unless some
expert is willing to guide me, this does not seem an option.

Is this a known bug ?

Thank you for your kind help

best regards


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