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Exchange server lost dns and active directory

Can anyone help me decide on what to do.

I have an exhange server 2000 running on windows 2000 advanced server. Exchange wont start because apparently there is no active directory nor dns on this server.

I verified that DNS is not installed and when I run dcpromo it acts like its never been isntalled.

I have backups of the system state, just not sure what i should try 1st.

Any ideas?

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Out of curiosity, have you run DCDIAG on the machine yet? If not, install it (Support -> Tools on the Windows CD) and run it with the following switches:

dcdiag /s:SERVERNAME /e /c /v > c:\dcdiag.txt

SERVERNAME = the name of the server

Anyway, go find c:\dcdiag.txt on the server and post up the text of the file here and we can try trouble shooting from there.

p.s. Did you have DNS on there at one time?
AD and DNS doesn't have to be on the same server as Exchange.  Is this Exchange Server a member server or a domain controller?  If its just a member server, it probably lost connectivity to the rest of the domain; otherwise someone had to work at getting AD and DNS off of the system.


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