JSI Tip 8868. When you use Ntdsutil on Windows Server 2003 to remove metadata for a domain controller that was removed, you receive 'DsRemoveDsDomainW error 0x2015'?

The subject error message is:

DsRemoveDsDomainW error 0x2015 (The directory service can perform the requested operation only on a leaf object.)

This behavior may occur when the application partition naming context (DC=DomainDnsZones) for a child domain is not removed when the domain controller demoted.

To fix this problem:

1. Start / Run / ntdsutil / OK.

2. Type domain management at the Ntdsutil command prompt and press Enter.

3. Type connections and press Enter.

4. Type connect to server <Domain Controller Name> and press Enter.

5. Type list at the domain management prompt and press Enter.

6. Type DC=domaindnszones,DC=<Child Domain>,DC=<extension>

7. Quit Ntdsutil.

NOTE: See How do I remove a domain controller from Active Directory after an unsuccessful demotion?

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