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Using Active directory Recovery Mode to Fix Problems

Posted on 2006-10-24
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My Windwos 2000 Server will not boot normally because the AD services will not start.  Guidance that I have found suggests booting into Active Directory Recovery Mode.  I have done that, but now what?  The server is a DC has has the latest service pack.  I have used a different DC on the same domain to seize FSMO roles, so my users cand still connect, but I still need to get this server booting normally with active directory services running?  Can anyone help?
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by:redseatechnologies
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Hi SlyPrince,

If you have seized the roles on another server, you can't bring the old server back into the domain - you will need to reinstall windows again.

How can I forcibly transfer (seize) some or all of the FSMO Roles from one DC to another?
http://www.petri.co.il/seizing_fsmo_roles.htm

Windows 2000 Active Directory FSMO roles
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/197132

Flexible Single Master Operation Transfer and Seizure Process
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/223787

Hope that helps,

-red
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by:SlyPrince
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 Thank you Red.  That is an answer I kind of expected, but hoped not to hear.  I can rebuild the server, but the Active Directory Database will think that the "old" server still exists.  Can I clean up the database and reinstall the server with the same name as before?  I want to use the same name because there are many users and shares at steak on the faulty server.  As I rebuild it, I need to avoid any conflect with old information is the AD database.
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Sorry to be the bearer of bad news :)

You can manually rip out a dead server - Daniel Petri has been good enough to detail this here -> http://www.petri.co.il/delete_failed_dcs_from_ad.htm

I would recommend you do not use the same name, but instead use a DNS alias (then your shares will still work).

That isn't to say that the old name won't work (or that using a new name and a DNS alias is perfect) but it can be a right pain to troubleshoot.

Good luck

-red
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