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Reinstalling a PDC - Print/File Server

By badfish ·
My PDC boots to the desktop but hangs there, responds to some things,(ie: chkdsk) but for all practical purposes is dead. Never loads all icons. Unable to see on network. Ran chkdsk, tried repair with ERD, no go. Tried restoring registry, no help. Restored "WINNT" folder, worked! but when rebooted goes back to dead state. Tried restoring to earlier backup, tried up to 5 weeks back, and no good after reboot. Also sometimes no worky after restore, even before rebooted. Cannot see rhyme or reason to it. I have it up on thin ice now by restoring to state of few days ago then booting without network plugged in. Then when it showed to be working properly plugged into network. Of course have not rebooted. I am thinking I need to format this partition and re-install NT. Problem is: approx. 170 printers shared on this server. Also few hundred user shares. How can I format and still keep these????

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by dft3 In reply to Reinstalling a PDC - Prin ...

It sounds like you've got your backups in place the way they should be, so I don't see a problem with you formatting and reinstalling everything.

You can simply restore everything to the state that they were once you've recovered all of the data.

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by badfish In reply to Reinstalling a PDC - Prin ...
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Hi!

I hope you have a BDC if not I suggest getting one and installing would be a good thing to do now.

When it comes to saving the shared printers and userdirs, either search up a shareware utility that can export them for you or take one of the printers and search for it in the registry, when you find it you will probably find rest of printers too, then you can just export all keys to a reg file.

Same can be done for user shares.

I'm not sure, but www.tucows.com, might have such a shareware program.

/Hasse

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by badfish In reply to Reinstalling a PDC - Prin ...
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by wayne.maples In reply to Reinstalling a PDC - Prin ...

Windows NT Server Resource Kit Supplement 3 or later includes printmig.exe utility that will give you the capability to backup and restore printer and print queue definitions from one NT 4.0 server to another. The print migration utility backs up all print queues, printer ports, print drivers,
and printer shares in cabinet file format to the file:

<%Systemroot%>\System32\Spool\Pm\pm.cab

Printmig saves the current print server status to a file named pm.log in the same directory. Taken from my tip http://is-it-true.org/nt/atips/atips289.shtml
-Wayne

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by badfish In reply to Reinstalling a PDC - Prin ...
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by sdfgsdf In reply to Reinstalling a PDC - Prin ...

i think the best way to handle this, assuming you have a spare server lying around, is to set it up as a BDC and insure that the user accounts have transferred. If all is well, promote it to PDC and take down the origional. If you don't have a spareserver handy, grab a beefy workstation to temporarily handle the job, promote it, reformat and setup the origional server as a BDC, promote it and then dump the workstation, basically running through the procedure twice.

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by badfish In reply to Reinstalling a PDC - Prin ...
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by jdroland In reply to Reinstalling a PDC - Prin ...

I've seen similar symptoms on servers with old/bad/corrupted NIC drivers. If memory serves, most of them were Intel NIC's that were running off the NT SP drivers instead of the Vendors drivers. I've always had good luck with the Vendors drivers rather than the MS ones.

I'm sure you've beaten yourself to death thinking about what was done to the server in the days before the server got sick?

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