server 2003 dc failed

I have a domain controller that crashed and burned before I could replace the server. Everything was running on this server with the exception of exchange and files. I have no backups of AD, DNS, FSMO’s etc. Is this something I can recover from or do I need to redo the entire network.
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exx1976Commented:
Do you have another domain controller?
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uescompCommented:
crash as in hard drive failed, raid broke?  What happened?
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Glen KnightCommented:
If you have no backups and this was your only DC then yes a complete rebuild will be required.

If you have no Active Directory then Exchange is going to be useless as well.  You can export the data from your EDB file using a 3rd party tool like Kernel EDB: http://www.kerneldatarecovery.com/buy-edb-email-recovery.html
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
How, exactly did it "crash and burn"

If you can still access the drive you may be able to use this:
http://utools.com/UMove.asp
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You may not need demazter's tool - I've successfully mounted information stores from failed Exchange systems in the recovery storage group and pulled out the mailboxes.  (his tool may make this easier, and it's been a while since I had to do that).  
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Glen KnightCommented:
Can't say I have ever used the RSG on a server that no longer has any Active Directory.  Most of the exchange services will fail to start without AD.
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exx1976Commented:
Yeah, I'm with demazter on this one.  No AD = no exchange, no question.

OP - you're not too quick to respond, but the short answer is that if you had no other domain controllers, AND no backup, the best solution is to start polishing your resume....
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
To clarify,

If you rebuild the domain with the same domain name and the exchange server with the same server name, you should be able to do it (I had a client with poor backup process that had their SBS server fail and I was able to pull things out with the recovery storage group once I rebuilt the domain.  As I recall, the key was that I had to name the domain and Exchange server the same as they were in the original domain.
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exx1976Commented:
Interesting....   I would have to think that SIDs would cause a problem there, no?
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Glen KnightCommented:
Leew is absolutely right.
If you rebuild with the same name and domain name then you will be able to do it.
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exx1976Commented:
Could one of you share with the rest of the class how this is possible?
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Glen KnightCommented:
If you rebuilt the Domain with the exact same domain name, the exact same servername and the exact same Exchange Organisation name then it simply mounts.

If either of the 3 attributes are different it will not work.

Which if course if you dnt know what they are/were could cause a problem.  And since you don't have any AD anymore, the first 2 might not be a problem but the 3rd could be.

This is one of the reasons I don't waste my time trying it.

With SBS it's all pretty standard install and notmany deviate from this but with a standard Exchange install this may not be the case.

This is one if the reasons why BACKUPS and DOCUMENTATION are the 2 MOST important parts of ANY network no matter how large or small.
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exx1976Commented:
Agreed.
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rmcanAuthor Commented:
This was a situation I was called into and not a company I previously managed which is the reason there are no backups. The server to my surprise was not raid but a single scsi hard drive that died and could not be read. I have sent the hard drive out to see if it can be recovered. I am looking at the umove tool and I do have the server and domain name.
Thank you all for the helpful posts and I will respond back to let you know if I am successful.
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rmcanAuthor Commented:
the umove tool worked great after recovering the data from the dead HD. thank you for your help
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