W2K3 R2 PDC dead, reinstall AD failed, how to change the BDC to PCD?

Hi all,

I have two Server both installed W2K3 R2 Standard 64 bit ..

(colorprint.local) (NETBIOS name ColorPrint)
The first one installed AD (GC??), and setting it to native 2003 mode
The second server join the AD Domain (BDC) and also setting to native 2003 mode

Now the First server dead, our user and DFS still running on the Second Server, but after I find other new server and installed the OS, type "dcpromo" to reinstall the AD forest on first Domain that enter "colorprint.local" , after press next ..

It show me off the NETBIOS Name already used, so it rename the NETBIOS Name to ColorPrint0 that is not what I want ....

So on this case how to make the BDC to be PDC or my step wrong? If maked the BDC to PDC, how about the DFS Replication effect after the new Server (Join the Domain be BDC????)

I am feeling a bit confused on this ..

Thank you.
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
Ok lets get the terminology right - you don't have a BDC (unless its an NT4 machine) Windows 2000 and on use DCs one of which normally holds the FSMO roles - one of which the the PDC emulator.

The first step is to find out where these FSMO roles are, see http://www.petri.co.il/determining_fsmo_role_holders.htm

If the roles were on the failed DC, then you will have to seize them, see http://www.petri.co.il/seizing_fsmo_roles.htm

You will then have to remove all traces of the failed DC (remove the new one as well first) see http://www.petri.co.il/delete_failed_dcs_from_ad.htm

Note that you may also have to install and configure DNS and the Global catalog so that the other DC is fully functional

Once you have done a metadata cleanup - and only then can you add another DC and promote it to a new DC.
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Firmin FrederickSenior IT ConsultantCommented:
good answer
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Firmin FrederickSenior IT ConsultantCommented:
actually depending on how old your remaining server build is...it may be easier to just re-build for the simple fact that fault-finding AD problems like these can be painful :(
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explorerjimmy1979Author Commented:
Hi, KCS,

What is your mean of "Note that you may also have to install and configure DNS and the Global catalog so that the other DC is fully functional"

I am following the

"http://www.petri.co.il/seizing_fsmo_roles.htm"
( I also do the GC part, since I thinking it the Main DC total DEAD, then need seize the GC to the Second DC, right, so I also mean the last step)

and

"http://www.petri.co.il/delete_failed_dcs_from_ad.htm"
(Only run the first remove metabase part, since I am using the same name for the computer to let it join the Domain again to be the second DC)

Above two part look like make the DC working again ... but just don't understand of your mean of
"Note that you may also have to install and configure DNS and the Global catalog so that the other DC is fully functional" is mean for what, any step by step for reference?

Thank you.

And I add the point from 70 to 100 now
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explorerjimmy1979Author Commented:
KCTS,

If you can, please read this too, it is actually what my problems of the AD and why I need rebuilkd

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/2003_Server/Q_23147115.html
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
DNS:
When you add an additional DC to a domain DNS does not get put on it Automatically, you need to add DNS either through the Control Panel->Add Remove Programs->Windows Components->Networking Services
or
The configure my server wizard.

You then need to make sure all clients point to this server as their preferred DNS server.

Global catalog
To make a DC a global catalog server, go to Administrative Tools, Active Directory Sites and Services, Expand, Sites, Default first site and Servers. Right click on the new server and select properties and tick the "Global Catalog" checkbox. (Global catalog is essential for logon as it needs to be queried to establish Universal Group Membership)

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explorerjimmy1979Author Commented:
KCTS,

Thank you very much, you help me a lot.

Before I starting the question from 70 point, now since your kindly help, I give you the point to 120

and ....

KCTS,

If you can, please read this too, it is actually what my problems of the AD with Domain-Based DFS and the Main AD failed (It hosting the DFS too) so it is why I need rebuilkd

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/2003_Server/Q_23147115.html
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explorerjimmy1979Author Commented:
KCTS,

If you can, please read this too, it is actually what my problems of the AD with Domain-Based DFS and the Main AD failed (It hosting the DFS too) so it is why I need rebuilkd

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/2003_Server/Q_23147115.html
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