Disaster - Moving Primary DC to a New Machine - How to Move DC w/ AD,DNS,DHCP,WINS to a New Machine - Original 2003 DC Machine Fried !

Posted on 2004-10-30
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
Hi all,

I am facing a situation, on which I have done quite a lot of research and came up with nothing.
Please have a look on this link to understand exactly, what I am facing and what I am trying to do;

Windows 2000:
Windows 2000:;en-us;Q263532

The above is for Windows 2000 only. Try as I might, I have been unable to perform the same operation
with a Windows 2003 Server. Searching for the same procedure for Windows Server 2003 also comes
up with nothing except "Using Install-from-Media & the System State Backup to promote a Windows 2003
computer to an Additional Domain Controller".

The First Domain Controller holds the Forest Info, the FSMO Roles, AD, DNS, DHCP & WINS. I tried using
the "System State Backup" to restore using Directory Services Restore Mode, only to find out that the NEW
computer with better configs comes up with a BROKEN DNS, DHCP and WINS database and application's
Management SNAP-IN doesnt load at all, so that didnt work either. I have the latest "System State Backup"
and the backup of "Windows Folder".

What I am need to know urgently is how do I go about, installing a New Windows 2003 Server DC in place
of the OLD one (The machine that got fried), and then restore the Domain Configs, AD, DNS, DHCP, WINS
etc, and have it up and running like the OLD FRIED SYSTEM.

Since this matter is urgent and keeping my network down, I am assigning this question 500 Points. Help is
much appreciated. Thanks!


P.S. Since I only have 310 Points available right now, I am assigning this question 300 Points. Once I have
more, I will see to it, that you get the other 200.
Question by:Black0x2
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    Expert Comment

    I think you are going to have to use the Install from media option in 2003 using dcpromo /adv.  Even then, I do not believe that the system state holds the dhcp and wins databases.  I think you will have to recreate them if you cannot recover the data from the hard drive.

    You can also reference the links below:

    Expert Comment

    Did you have a BDC?
    LVL 2

    Author Comment

    Nopes !
    LVL 2

    Author Comment

    cfairley, Thanks for the replies... Unfortunately, IFM is not working in my scenario, since
    the databases (DNS, DHCP, WINS) are missing. Also the domain controller is coming up
    broken, with missing SNAP-INs... :(

    I believe I will have no choice but to re-install unless otherwise advised.

    LVL 2

    Author Comment

    ok, I had posted this on a few other boards as well, and since I didnt have a secondary
    domain controller, had to do a new install and recreate all the configs, lucky for me the
    clients were under 50, so was able to handle them easily with a little scripting. I now
    have a secondary domain controller as well as a backup machine with the same config
    as the first domain controller (hardware-wise) sysstate backups and images to prevent
    this in future. Thanks to all who tried to help, but I have had to do this the hard way...

    LVL 2

    Author Comment

    Mods / Cleanup crew, is it possible to have a refund on this question ?
    Its classified as unanswered so far, and has been resolved by myself.



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    Question answered by asker or dialog valuable.
    Closed, 300 points refunded.
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