In trying to delete a decommissioned server from AD I came across this error:

Active Directory

Windows cannot delete object object name because:
The specified directory service attribute or value does not exist.

This is how you fix it:

  1. Open the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in.
  2. Navigate to the container in which the object resides.
  3. Right-click the object, and then click Properties.
  4. Click the Security tab.
  5. Click the Advanced button.
  6. Click the Owner tab.
  7. In the Change Owner to dialog box, select the Administrators group or the administrator account that you are currently logged on with, and then click OK.
  8. In the Security dialog box, assign Full Control permissions to the administrator account.



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