Reconnect workstation to a domain after wiping a server.

Posted on 2006-05-08
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
I have a small office running Windows SBS 2003.  Over the weekend, I wiped the server and reinstalled it with the exact same settings.  Same name, same internal ip, same domain, everything.  I then reconnected all 4 workstations by changing them to a work group and then reconnecting to the domain.  Is there an easier way?  Another example is when I need to add a computer to the domain when the user is already in active directory.  To get the computer into active directory I again move the computer to workgroup and reconnect.  I hate doing this, but it is the only way I know how to.  Any help would be appreciated.

If there is not an easier way, can you at least have Microsoft use the same folder in Documents and Settings.  I always have to copy the data over, which I hate.


Question by:Lawot
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    Expert Comment

    Hi Lawot,

    there is the network ID wizard found under the computer name TAB, much easier and re-establishes all your connections with AD

    Author Comment

    I use the network ID to reattach to the domain.  My question, is really is there away getting around reattaching to the domain if I reinstall my server.
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    Accepted Solution

    no, you always need to reestablish a connection

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