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Crashed sec 2000 domain controller

By aydin ·
Guys,

One of our domain controllers has had its HD bite the dust. It was a secondary domain controller on a domain that has its primary domain controller on a 2000 server and another secondary domain controller on a 2000 server, total three DCs.

I will be re-building this server from scratch, and will be rejoining the domain. Before I do this I will need to know of the consequences of re-joining the domain with a domain controller that has no AD user information in it.
Will I need to promote it to a domain controller during the installation or will I need to follow another procedure to ensure that we do not lose the AD user information on the primary domain.
The primary domain controller still has the crasshed domains DNS information in it (DC section in AD).
Thanks in advance.

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by TAZZ_NL In reply to Crashed sec 2000 domain c ...

Clean up your AD and DNS, make sure all referals to your old DC are deleted.
See:
http://www.mcse.ms/archive44-2005-1-859808.html
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;216498

Install the new server from scratch (you cannot promote it during installation !).
Join the domain.
Install all components you need (DNS, DHCP, WINS, etc).
Run dcpromo. Reboot.

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You need to clean your AD using ntdsutil on the remaining DC

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by aydin In reply to Crashed sec 2000 domain c ...

Thanks TAZZ_NL,

I can not connect to the crashed server using ntdsutil as it is currently down.
What I need is a way of cleaning the Primary Domain Controller of any reference to the secondary "crashed" server which is not connected for the time being.

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