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Hello,

I recently did a quite stupid thing. I moved the active directory folder on my server which is running Server 2000 by the way. Although i discovered my error and restored the file to its original location i am unable to get into active directory since it cannot seem to find the domain. Also it seems DNS is not working correctly now. Even though the dns numbers are showing up on the client computers i cannot get the those numbers to work on the client computers unless i put them in static. Any ideas on the easiest way to solve this problem. I had thought about demoting the server so that i can recreate active directory but that seems like a lot of work since i will probably have to resetup all my security. Any help would be appreciated. If anyone nows any good sites that can explain DNS and its interaction with Active Directory and DHCP that would be great also.
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by:Pete Long
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>> Any ideas on the easiest way to solve this problem

restore the "system state" data

or, as you pointed out demote and repromote using DCPROMO
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by:Chris Dent
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Check that the Folder still has the Default Domain Controller Policy applied to it.
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by:mikeleebrla
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how many domain controllers do you have?
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How do i check that the folder still has the Default Domain Controller Policy applied to it. I have only one Domain Controller or i believe i would have other options.

Thanks,

Chris
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by:Chris Dent
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Right click on the Folder / Organizational Unit, select Group Policy and check if the Default Domain Controller Policy is listed.
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I do not see a default Domain Controller Policy.
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by:mikeleebrla
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the default domain policy would be applied to the domain,,, not the OU,,, thus the name default domain policy.  The policy would be inherited down to the OU,, but id would NOT show up on the OUs GPO tab.
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By default the Default Domain Controllers policy is linked to the Domain Controllers OU. This is not the same as the Default Domain Policy.

I'd suggest you try adding an existing Group Policy to the OU with your Domain Controllers in it. It should allow you to select the Default Domain Controllers Policy.

This policy is important because it controls what can and can't access your domain controllers and their services.
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All working?
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All set..thanks
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