Removing computer from a Windows Server 2003 domain

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How can I remove a computer from a domain without a domain user name and password? I have a local admin account.

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IIRC, you can sign on as local admin, go to System Properties, Computer Name, and change from a domain connection to a workgroup (put in a dummy one if you want).

You can put in a dummy username and password for the domain. It doesn’t actually check.

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  • IceCubbe
    You will still need someone with domain admin rights to remove the actual object from AD!
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  • Koohiisan
    @IceCubbe Do you mean from to remove the Computer object from the Active Directory Users and Computers area? True, but many times we've not deleted those objects even after decommissioning old computers or reformatting ones that would reuse the same computer name. It seems like we've only had to delete the object when wanting to reuse the same name on a different computer. Either way, if the OP follows the direction to change to a workgroup, they will be off the domain. The computer object issue will be something for the admin to deal with as a separate issue not affecting the OP. Other than being sloppy, is there any real danger to leaving that object present?
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  • TeachMeIT
    [...] Want to remove a computer from a Windows Server 2003 domain? Mrdenny, Koohiisan, and IceCubbe have some ideas to help [...]
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  • Voodooclanboy
    Hi all, TeachMeIT, You can use the following script: NET LOCALGROUP administrators UserName /delete change UserName with required name & use this command in batch file. Also you can use the commnd: net user ACCOUNTNAME /delete Hope this helps you. Thank you Anil LEPIDE
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