Recreating an AD domain
Posted on 2010-09-09
Currently working on a problematic AD. Had promoted a 2nd server to a DC a while back, but recently discovered it's not replicating any data, because there apparently isn't any on the initial DC...
I figured that demoting the secondary server and then completely removing AD from the primary server would allow me to start over clean. It's a single location with about a dozen clients and probably 4-6 servers (one is Exchange).
First question, in case I'm just unaware, is there a way to 'fix' the primary server? There is no SYSVOL share, there doesn't even appear to be a SYSVOL folder, at least not where ADUC points to. There is an NTDS folder under the default location, with a recent copy of the database. The event log has errors such as
The Netlogon service could not create server share F:\SYSVOL\sysvol\<domainname>\SCRIPTS. The following error occurred: The system cannot find the path specified.
...which I would expect. Also group policy is completely blank because it can't find a suitable DC.
Secondly, if not, I am thinking I just export the users and computers in AD. Understanding that the computers will need to rejoin the domain (or would they have to be removed first?). Is there anything else I need to be sure to export before trying this approach (which I hope can be avoided).
Essentially, we just need to get AD working, but it looks like a build from the ground up, either manually, or from a complete do-over. :(
Hoping I'm making a lot out of this that is unnecessary and that someone has some additional ideas...