What is the best way to re-deploy SBS?
Posted on 2007-03-28
I have a very sick SBS 2003 server at a client's office. It has been sick since one of the two drives in the mirror went down. The other one was corrupted, and they have all kinds of problems, I/O failure and disk errors still come up on the "good" drive.
I have two brand new drives to rebuild this server back from the ground up. I have a new workstation that is robust enough to serve as a temp server at my disposal should this be an option. I'd like to do a clean install on a new array with the new drives. The problem is, I can't find a relatively easy way to rebuild this server and put it back in place without either:
1. Doing 2 ADMT migrations- 1 to the temp, and 1 to the repaired original
2. Screwing up all the profiles for everyone if I just start over from scratch
3. Using the existing data
The ideal solution to this question would be a non-risky, and something not super complex and time consuming. I don't like spending weekends alone with computers.
Is there a way to use a backup of AD on each replacement server? What if some of the AD stuff is potentially corrupt. This may defeat the whole purpose of moving it to a new server?
Thanks in advance for your help!