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  I have an AD domain with 2-Windows 2003 servers and 1-Windows 2000 server. All servers are DCs. The Windows 2000 server is running Exchange 2000. Three days ago the WIndows 2000 server died. You guessed it. I am having fit putting Exchange Server 2000 back on.

   I replaced the dead server with a new Windows 2000 server. Joined the domain and life appears good. When I try and install the Exchange Server 2000 disaster hits. It fails running forestprep with "error 0x80005000. Invalid ADSI path returned." and installation stops. I am sure when it went through the forestprep/domainprep when I originally install it years ago it modified the AD the first time and now it is confused.

Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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rakeshmiglani earned 2000 total points
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since your exchange information is already present in the AD, you don't need to run the forestprep or domainprep.

try running the exchange setup using the setup.exe /disasterrecovery switch
this would pick up the information from the AD directly
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Thanks Rakes, as it turns out that entire Windows 2000 sever was a disaster. I have taken it off line and replaced it with a new Windows 2003 server. I am going to install Exchange Server 2003 on it.

When I install the Exchange Server 2003 do I still have to do a forestprep and domainprep since I already did it a couple years ago when I originally installed that Windows 2000 / Exchange Server 2000?
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Exchange 2003 prep is different to Exchange 2000 prep, so you will need to run the prep process again.

Simon.
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