server rebuild, format, reinstall windows 2003 server etc..

Posted on 2007-10-02
Last Modified: 2008-05-30
I have 20 users on a Domain controller (Windows 2003 server standard R2). My company wants me to backup all the data on the DC i.e documents, pdfs etc.... and format it, rename the server to a diffirent domain in AD and configure it properly because whomever was working there before me basicly did a horrible job at setting it up.

My question is this, there is a GPO in place doing document redirection, application redirection etc... on the server currently......

What would be the steps to getting all the computers off the domain without loosing their settings i.e app data etc... Workstations are all running XP Pro W/sp2.

Thanks! :)
Question by:nrizk07
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    This seams a drastic option. You can rename a 2003 domain without re-installing AD - why not try that

    If you do decide to start again then you can check folder redirection by looking in the GPOs for this under thr User Configuration -> Windows Settings ->Folder Redirection key see

    By recreating the domain all clients will be orphaned and you will need to rejoin them to the new domain, user profiles will be lost unless you back them up and the restore them and then grant the profile owners ownership of the profiles - quit an invloved task as even if the same usernames are used the SIDs will be different.

    there is a guide to keeping the profiles at - its not simple !

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    Thanks so much! :)

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