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Approximately 3 weeks ago, I kind of inherited the IT Job at our Very Small Company, I had not had much time to document all the IP Addresses and DNS Addresses, I basically have what the IP Addresses are on Each Server.  Then Last week the worst of the worst hit.  

Me, thinking that our servers should stay up to date with Windows UPdate, downloaded and installed SP1, which crashed Two of our Servers.

One Database and One we used for our Mail to be filtered through.

By going through our Back ups, I was able to get the Database Server back up and running.  I then took the Other Server out of the Filtering Loop, Restored it by re-installing Windows Server 2003 on it.

Now, Everything is running smoothly, but I have this one server that I took out of the loop and installed Windows Server 2003 on, I would like to get it back up on the Network.

Here's my situation.

What IP Address do I give it?  I've given it the IP Address that it had written on the front of it, but it's saying that IP address is conflicting with another on the Server.

The second thing is I can't get this Server to join the Domain.

So, let's start from scratch.  Say I have a Server that I Just installed Windows Server 2003, Where do I go from here?

Thank you ahead of time.

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Question by:RgrWalker
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It sounds like you may need to clean the old server out of DNS then try again. You may also need to remove it from AD Users and computers if you have renamed it the same as the old server.
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by:RgrWalker
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Could you go into more detail about cleaning the old server out of DNS?
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by:poweruser32
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did you try give the server its old ip address?what errors do you get when joining it to the domain
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If you gave the server the same credentials the old one had you will need to clear the DNS by going to your admin tools>DNS and on your forward lookup zone find the server name and delete it. You can do the same in Active Directory.
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If the server is using the same name, but you did a fresh install you will need to delete the old account in AD. When you do a fresh install the SID for the machine is changed and will not match the one in AD. This is an important question, was the server a domain controller? if it was be careful. Depending on the roles it can get a bit tricky. As far as DNS goes, check and see where it was pointing, and ping it. If you get a response then you have something using the IP. Find and change it. If there is no record in DNS, give it an IP and it will register when you join the domain. Hope that helps.
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