A two part question for you!
Our 2003 server (only one server on the network) went bang last weekend and we found out on Monday that our IT support company had not been checking backup as they were meant to and no backups had completed for over a couple of months. Anyhow I have spent this week putting in a new server with exactly the same settings down to machine name, domain name, IP address user accounts / passwords shares etc. The only thing that is different is the admin password. The issue I have when trying to get the xp desktops to log back onto the domain, I get an error message saying "Logon failed, unable to find or join the *** domain". If I make the desktop join a workgroup and then join the domain again everything is fine, all I have to do is copy the users profile into their new profile. The question is there a different way of getting the machines back on to the domain without having to do the whole join workgroup and then domain again (I've got about 30 machines to do so it will take some time)?
The second question is that the machine I have put in place for the above problem is only a temporary machine until a new proper server arrives next week, I was going to setup the new server just as I did above, so how can I get round the above problem next time?
Thanks in advance.