Domain Server Install problem

Posted on 2005-04-29
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
Good morning,
  I just started as the IT manager at a company and have inherited a server install problem.

On the network I have a Netserver with an older version of Oracle (8i) on it and which the ERP Business Solution is loaded on.  At some point Windows 2000 Advanced Server was installed...but not completly or correctly.

It apparently was a member of a domain named domainhq as a NT 4 server.

During the install of Windows Advanced Server the domain controllerwas taken offline...thrown away...who knows...and a new domain brought online.

So this ERP server in hung up in the middle of the install still trying to join the previous domain as a member server.  When I try and make it its own domain controller it can't...because there isn't a domain controller to inherit from. So I have a screen that comes up trying to finish the Active Directory install...I can cancel it and the ERP Solution runs locally and I allow folks to connect.

There is a new domain named domain2hq...

Can't I just kill the old install and continue to run the ERP locally and how do I get that Active Directory screen to go away on startup?

Or should I try and join the new domain as a member server (the domain controller is a Win2003 Enterprise Server) ?

Of course...I need this rectified right away. The old manager is gone (I wouldn't trust his advice anyway)
Question by:lrbrister
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    You can try to edit registry to see if you have any programs set to run on startup. Still if there was an installation that went south you will be left with a instable server. At some point you will have to face the music and do a reinstall of the OS so that you know you have a fully working server.

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      Where would I find that in the Registry on an Advanced Server 2000?
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    open regedit and open HKLm\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\run. There you will have most of the programs that are started on startup, still you can have other keys in the registry that starts progams but this is a start.

    Author Comment


    This is turned into a mojor pain...I'm going to "Bite the bullet"...offload the 250 GB of datafiles and shared folder to a Maxtor and do an upgrade to Winserver 2003 and join the domain.

    Thanks for at least answering...awarding the points now.


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