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If you try to delete the computer account for the domain controller in Active Directory Users and Computers, you may receive the following error message:
This problem occurs if you delete the computer account after you have demoted the domain controller by running the dcpromo process on it.
Error: DSA object cannot be deleted
This problem occurs if the value of UserAccountControl is set to 8192.
To resolve this issue, change the value of UserAccountControl to 4096.
NOTE: Use this resolution only if one of the following is true:
For additional information about metadata cleanup, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/216498/ )HOW TO: Remove Data in Active Directory After an Unsuccessful Domain Controller Demotion
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/230306/ )HOW TO: Remove Orphaned Domains from Active Directory
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/332199/ )Domain controllers do not demote gracefully when you use the Active Directory Installation Wizard to force demotion in Windows Server 2003 and in Windows 2000 Server
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/229763/ )Error Message: DsRemoveDsDomainW Error 0x20ce
Article ID: 328775 - Last Review: February 28, 2007 - Revision: 3.3