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active directory setup and restore

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Hi guys,

Up until 3 weeks ago I was running a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition Beta from home on an ADSL connection with dynamic IP absolutely fine - until the beta decided to expire.
I have since upgraded to a valid licensed copy but because the "upgrade" option wasn't given to me I had to do a clean install - so format and re-install my hard disk.

Fortunately, I was clever and stored all my vitals - mailbox database, Active Directory database, web server files, user files, on a 160GB hard disk which was separate to the 40GB hard disk that I installed the OS on, so I have my old files which between them contain all my domain, email and user files.

I have also begun leasing a virtual dedicated server with static IP for my website in future as my dynamic IP service is too unreliable (Belkin network equipment is faulty I think).

However, my (numerous) problems herein lie as follows:

   1. Is it possible to restore my Active Directory from the NTDS.dit file, and if so, how?
   2. Once I've done a restore (if possible), I want to rename the domain (as I have recently changed from a sole trader into a limited company, I want my internal DNS domain to reflect this small but significant change). Is this possible, and again, if so, how?
   3. Following on from that, I want my Active Directory information replicated out to my virtual dedicated server so I can set up Active-Directory-integrated web, FTP, and numerous SQL DBs server acccess. Should I set up my home-managed server as my stub and my outsourced as my primary domain controller, or vice versa?

I would really appreciate it if you can get your teeth stuck into this one for me.
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Restoring from the NTDS.DIT file is not supported - you should have backed up the system state and then you could have done an authorative restore.

You can rename domains in Windows 2003 - but its not without risk - http://www.petri.co.il/windows_2003_domain_rename.htm

Not sure exactly what you are trying to do on the third bit - bit your DC should certainly not be visble to the internet
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