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I have a Windows 2003 server.  It is the Domain Controller, DNS Server, DHCP Server, etc.  I am having a lot of issues with it and long story short, I need to reload it.  I have about 25 computers on the domain.  Is there a way to backup and restore that information after I reload the server?  I don't want to have to remove and then rejoin each computer to the domain.
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Yes and No

You can do a system state backup and then restore this after reloading the machine - however, since the system state backup not only contains AD but also all the registry settings etc - you may simply re-introduce the issues you are currently having.

It may be better to try and resolve the issues
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I agree - better to try and resolve whatever issues you're having now as they would likely return with a restore.

HOWEVER, another solution is to install a second DC temporarily.  If this system isn't too badly off, you may be able to add a DC, transfer the FSMO roles, and then get rid of the problem one, reloading it, and then reconfiguring it as a DC replicating off the second temporary DC and transferring roles and functions back.
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