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Promoting 2nd server to first DC

By Mehul Bhai ·
Windows 2003 Server
2 Servers as Domain controllers (Active Directory).
First Domain controller crashes.
How to promote 2nd Controller as First Domain Controller as now the original First Domain Controller is not working.
Any Help.
Thanks in Advance.

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by BFilmFan In reply to Promoting 2nd server to f ...

If you have a domain controller in the environment and the original role holder is NEVER returning to the AD forest with the same name, SEIZE the FSMO roles using the steps at

Note that you will need to preform a metadata cleanup after performing this operation.

When you repair the original domain controller, you MUST rename it and then DCPROMO it into the forest.

Note that if you are running Small Business Server edition, none of this is going to work as you can only have one DC in the domain/forest. In this scenario, you must do an Active Directory recovery.

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