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Can I rebuild a domain controller and use the same name?

By pibarker ·
Hardware failure on primary domain controller (windows 2000). The computer name is embedded in many references/connections. I'd like to bring it back up with the same computer name if that's possible.

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sure just fix the hardware problem.

by CG IT In reply to Can I rebuild a domain co ...

if the hardware problem is hard drives, then it's best to do a restore from backup, that includes the system state.

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by Mohammad Oweis In reply to sure just fix the hardwar ...

Yes, if you have a backup for your DC, then make a clean installation then restore the backup.

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More Info

by pibarker In reply to sure just fix the hardwar ...

Sorry I also want to upgrade OS to Windows server 2003 in the process. Hardware is all broken from power glitz. So..all new hardware and new OS. I already have a windows 2003 server in the mix of DC's with AD which should replicate to new box.

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NTDSUTIL metadata cleanup

by Churdoo In reply to More Info

First, if the failed DC was a role holder of any of the FSMO roles, you will have to SEIZE any/all roles to other live DC's on the network.

Next you will need to cleanup the metadata for the failed DC from your AD per this article

Once this is done, and after replication of the above changes, you will be able to give the new hardware the same name as the original server and DCPROMO it to DC. You may have to ADPREP your Schema master with the schema from your new 2K3 install CD prior to DCPROMO.

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Follow Churdoo's suggestion

by CG IT In reply to NTDSUTIL metadata cleanup

there you go

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