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Posted on 2002-04-03
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the main is corrupt so I am having to reinstall windows 2000 advance server.. my fear is losing everyones profiles.. the server is working a min at the moment but will be going down soon I can tell by its behavior..  We are not doing roaming profiles.. everyone has windows 2000 professional..  When I redo the server how can I reistall the profiles so everyone gets there EXACT desktops back???? please help no clear documentation on this one...
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by:geoffryn
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Is this the only server in AD?
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by:clintsjones
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yes it is.... the only server at this time...
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by:geoffryn
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The simplest way might be to install another server/DC on any hardware to preserve the AD and SIDs.  That way the local domain SID will not change and you don't have to worry about the profiles.  Then rebuild the first server, promote it to DC and retire the temp box.
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by:cfarca
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Check this link out as long your server is still running.
Active Directory Disaster Recovery
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/TechNet/prodtechnol/windows2000serv/support/adrecov.asp

Hope this will help, Chris.
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by:clintsjones
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if I make a second box - do I make a child or a new by itself domain.. also - cant I save the profiles from the local drive and make us that profile when i rebuild the server.. is there no way of doing this.. putting profiles back on server or telling the client computer which one to use.. so they dont lose there short cuts - program settings etc...
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You would make the server a DC in the same forest and container as the current server.

Right now, the profiles are being stored locally on each of the systems.  The short cuts on those systems should be pointing to local files unless yo uhave software installed on the server and users are running programs from there.   This process should keep the local profile intact and functioning exactly as before.  

What kind of shortcuts are you worried about?
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by:clintsjones
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well its just the whole process.. I just want to make sure when everyone goes to there desk.. there desk top and settings stay the same.. I am exactly installing a new server to help with the load.. One will handle email the oter will the login server etc.. you think two DC but should they be seperate not child etc but same forest.. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP... by the way
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by:geoffryn
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The DC's should exist in exactly the same context and OU.  There is no need to do any splitting.  As long as the domain/AD is intact, all local profiles will also remain intact.
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Does this mean a child domain or a domain but in same forest..
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by:geoffryn
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You don't need to worry about child domains and delegation.  Just install the server as asecondary DNS server, then DCPROMO it.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q313563
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