Server 2003 Small Business - Broken Trust Relationship / Preserving Existing Profiles
Posted on 2007-10-19
I administer a Windows Server 2003 Small Business Server network. Server is running as DC, AD, RRA, DNS, Exchange and File Serving roles. Two days ago, the motherboard failed and took with it the raid 5 array - we lost all data across the array. New server went into service today, however we are desperately attempting to maintain existing user profiles when establishing a new trust relationship with the new DC. I've done some research and know that I can simply rejoin the computer to the domain, however on the first reboot, the existing user account profile is not used and the client machine will create a new profile store folder. Our biggest concern is the Exchange .OST configuration that was being employed. As we lost the Exchange database from the previous build, we have no other email backup for the past 8 months due to a failed backup put into place by the IT guy I replaced 2 weeks ago. I now understand why I replaced him..... Is there a way for me to preserve existing user accounts, specifically the Outlook configurations that are using an .OST file? I've attempted to copy the contents of the old user profile into the new user profile, including user.dat and ntuser.dat files; did not work. Outlook creates a new .OST file. I've attempted to follow some of the suggestions and accepted solutions from "joe - techsoeasy" but either he has left out stes or I can't follow directions properly as none of the 3 ways I tried worked successfully.... I toyed with netdom but couldn't get syntax right and didn't want to spend a huge amount of time working on something that wasn't making sense to me, is that the way to go?