active directory setup and restore
Posted on 2007-11-30
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.