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Is it possible to remove manually a tombstone object in win2008-r2 Active Directory ?

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why do you want to remove tombstoned objects? The only benefit I can thin of is reducing the AD size but the amount of space is normally negligible (unless you delete hundreds of thousands of records) –  Jim B Jun 1 '12 at 12:24

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Unless it's a problem that you're experiencing specifically with AD 2008R2, I'm pretty sure that you can do it with NTDSUTIL or LDP

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Yes, I could do this with ldifde.exe too, but each time I try I get :Add error on entry starting on line 1: Unwilling To Perform The server side error is: 0x20ce The requested delete operation could not be performed. The extended server error is: 000020CE: SvcErr: DSID-030902C5, problem 5003 (WILL_NOT_PERFORM), data 0 –  Stef Jun 1 '12 at 14:29
Do all of these tools give the same sort of error? –  gWaldo Jun 1 '12 at 15:02
The answer is incorrect. You cant manually delete tombstones. They will remain for the duration of the tombstone lifetime and will be cleared by the garbage collection process. –  maweeras Jun 2 '12 at 18:25

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