There are 2 Windows 2000 DCs on the network. The primary one crashed do to a hardware failure and while there are backups (both OS partition and systemstate) do to past problems and past proceedures performed on this server it needs to be completely reinstalled clean. The other DC is fine although I will have to force it to assume the missing roles.
The question is is it easier/better/cleaner to reinstall the OS and programs fresh on the server and name the server the existing name or give it a new name? I see the following:
Pros to leaving the same name: Do not have to change drive mappings and other known paths to the server on 30 clients. Do not have to change network printers on the clients.
Cons to leaving the same name: Possible problems promoting the server to a DC since the server name already exists.
Pros to giving a new name: No problems on promoting to DC.
Cons to giving a new name: Having to clear AD of old server name. Having to change drive mappings and network printers on clients.