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Server 2003 PDC BDC troubles and startup issue

Posted on 2006-06-26
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Ok this is lengthy but required I believe to get the appropriate help.

1.  Windows server 2003 installed as the PDC on network
2.  The consultant that setup domain did "NOT" setup a BDC
3.  Server was Hijacked and consultant recommended taking server off line removing drives and replacing them setup windows 2003 server again and put in place
4.  HUGE problem - he did NOT set up a BDC and once the PDC was gone we had some serious network issues (understandably)
5.  Now we put the 'corrupt' drives in a backup server and brought online with the 'new' server' and nothing else on a switch in an effort to set the new server as a BDC and then DEMOTE corrupt to BDC and promote new to PDC
6.  When we fire up the corrupt box it hangs on preparing network connections.

That is all for now but I feel MORE will come
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Hi NewAttitude,

1.  You still have the old hardware and hard disks.
2.  Return the old hard disk to their own hardware and then place the server and another 2003 server on a secluded network with no Internet access.
3.  Run the DCPROMO wizard that will install the Active directory to the new 2003 box and make it a domain controller on the network.
4.  Open Sites and Services and make the new 2003 a Global catelog (GC)
5.  Setup the DNS server on the new 2003 server and transfer the DNS zones (the best is to make the DNS zones on the old server Active Directory Integrated because then all you have to do is install the DNS server.  The AD will transfer the zones itself.
6.  Transfer all the FSMO roles to the new server
7.  Run DCPROMO on the old server to remove the AD from it.
8.  Remove the old server from the domain.
9.  Get another box and add it as a DC to the domain and also make it a GC

Regards,
M
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