How do I restore only the Active Directory to a rebuilt Windows 2003 server? Not the entire System Restore?
Posted on 2006-11-08
This may be an easy question that has already been answered, but.. I can't find an exact answer.
I have a Windows 2003 Domain Controller that is having network problems. We have changed all of the hardware, tried several different network adapters, etc. There are NO error events or reports that shed any light on the problem.
I have bowed to the fact that Windows has become unhappy and unrepairable somewhere in it's may lines of code. There may have been a software installation 6+ months ago that caused a problem with the Volume Shadow Service. The problem may have started then.
In order to make sure this client (a very high profile client) runs dependable for the next 5 years, we have decided to do a complete reinstall of windows and import as little as possible from the old system. This will increase the odds that some sort of Windows problem or corruption will not happen again.
What I have done so far:
I have reinstalled a fresh copy of 2003 Server. I patched completely from the MS website, etc. The system is exactly as the original.
I then took a current NTBackup System State and restored the image in DSR mode. When I reboot, BLUE SCREEN!
I tried this 3 times using different methods. All failed. The drive letters, RAID controller, everything, is exactly the same as the original system. The NTBackup image was created prior to the re-isntall.
I want to reinstrall the system again. I do not want to import anything that could compromise the integrity of the new build.
How can I restore ONLY the Active Directory user and group accounts and NOT anything else that may compromise the success of the new build? I can re-add the printers, DHCP, DNS, shares, etc. I want to try and save lots of typing and clicking and keep the 60+ useraccounts intact with their existing passwords. This will help the Monday morning after be as smooth as possible.
Please excuse my ignorance if this is a simple procedure. If I could find an answer elsewhere or here on experts-exchange that was absolute regarding this problem, I would already do so. If this is not listed anywhere, it would be good to know since Windows is so stable.... NOT!
Thank you in advance for your expert advise.