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If I have an SBS 2003 environment with multiple DC's and I need to rebuild my SBS machine how will it effect the other DC's when I put it back into the Domain?


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Why do you have to rebuild your SBS?  What is your plan for doing this?  

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The SBS machine that I just fixed.

I put 2 new nics in cause the ones I was using were USB  (temporary) and I didn't want that.  It came with Broadcom onboard but those never worked.  So I orderd 2 new ones and installed them last night.

I configured the nics alright but I'm sure SBS was thrown off a bit so I wanted to run SBS again to fix any problems and have it "bind" to the new nic cards and work out ony other kinks but of course it won't let me run it as you saw in my other question last night reagrd me having to be an administrator to continue the set up.

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After it boots up if I try to open AD it says it can 't find it the DC then I'll go into DNS and re add it to the domain the and AD will come back. Wired stuff like that.


I when I put this thing into production I just want it to be right ya know and I'm concerned that there are just too many problems at this point that are beyond me at this point.  

I built the SBS as a primary DC then I built 3 other DCs (same domain) to go in other locations. My plan was to use a static VPN connection from the Primary DC to the other DC's in the domain for AD and exchange.  2 of the machines are already built using server 2003 and were replicating fine with the SBS primary DC. I can remove the SBS and they will still function on there own, of course DNS isn't entirely happy but at least thier running until I can get this machien fixed somehow.

My pan is to get all these machines built then delpoy them in their locations and set up the static VPN through ISA but I don't want to do anything else until I knwo this SBS machien is gonna function properly.

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What do you mean you wanted to run SBS again?  You mean an in-place install?

You don't need to do that in order to correct the problems with your NICs... what you need to do for that is to uninstall the old ones from the Device Manager before installing the new ones.  You then just configure the settings on each NIC according to http://sbsurl.com/twonics and after that run the Configure Email and Internet Connection Wizard (CEICW -- which is linked as Connect to the Internet in the Server Management Console > Internet and Email)

A visual how-to is here:  http://sbsurl.com/ceicw and a full networking overview for SBS is at http://sbsurl.com/msicw

Within that wizard you'll see a "more information" button on each screen that has invaluable help in deciding which options to select.  
Be sure to check those out as well.

You'll also want to read this regarding your VPN plans:  http://msmvps.com/blogs/javier/archive/2004/12/08/23045.aspx

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Ok I got through that ok..Thanks.  Doesit matter that the nics are not named Network Connection and Server Area Local Connection any more?

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No, it shouldn't... however, you do need to make sure that the binding order is correct.  The LAN NIC needs to be above the WAN NIC in Network Connections > Advanced > Advanced Settings...

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