I recently posted a question about backing up and restoring the boot drive of my one and only Windows 2000 (GC) Server. The only functions that Active Directory is performing is DNS and Active Directory Users and Computers (populated only with users computers, not printers or OU's, etc).
I'm wondering right about now if would be more effective in the long run if I completely reconfigure this server from the ground up. Hence my question....
How are clients affected when you re-install Active Directory with the same domain name?
To explain a little further: Let's say my active directory domain name (FQDN) is: contoso.com - and let's say that active directory was not configured properly or got corrupted beyond reasonable repair. All of the clients are configured to log on to contoso.com. So, what happens if I wipe the main (boot) drive on the server, install a fresh copy of Windows 2000 Server, and setup Active Directory with an FQDN of contoso.com, create an account for each user, and each computer (just like before)?
Will the client freak out and make a new user space in "Documents and Settings" like this?:
Before: C:\Documents and Settings\neomage\*
After: C:\Documents and Settings\neomage.contoso\*
And if that is what is going to happen...then what steps can I take before to retain all of the users settings (mapped drives, printers, outlook email configurations, desktop files, desktop settings, etc...).
It's a small network -just 20 users, most clients are WinXP, but some are 2000 workstation.
If you need any other information to answer this question just let me know.