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sbs03 re-adding machines with out loosing user profiles, exchange accounts etc.

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I came into a new customer who has a SBS 03 box and a Server 2003 box. Long story short the Server 03 box was never demoted as just a file server and was also a DC. They started replication but never finished because of the tombstone timer. Needless to say everythng was fubared. I was not able to do a DCPROMO on the 03 server so I had to force it. It is now just a file server on a work group and now I have gotten things to the point on the SBS03 box where I can do the http://servername/connectcomputer process but I want to make sure that I do not kill there ehisting user accounts and exchange etc. TIA
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by:Lee W, MVP
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It SHOULD be fine.  The SIDs will remain the same - when you disjoin the machines from the domain the account information/profiles/SIDs remain in-tact but become ostensibly inaccessible.  When you rejoin the machine to the domain, it should once again have access to the database of SIDs and other information and upon rejoining it should be all good.

Just keep in mind the SBS server MUST be the "authoritative" server.
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Here is the issue. Who ever setup the system in the beginning did not do it correctly. So when I got to add the computers to the network they do not show up in the available machine names box. The machines were actually in the Computer section under built in instead of SBScomputers. So I rt clicked and moved them to the correct location, rebooted the server refreshed AD did everything I could think of with my limited knowledge. Cisco guy by trade. Yet it still does not  reflect the machine names in connectcomputers method. So with that said it makes me a little worried that I am gonna screw up there exchange and or personal folders/profiles.
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Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
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That shouldn't have anything to do with it.  If the computer are already joined to the domain, then they won't appear in the ConnectComputers wizard.  If the computers are NOT joined to the domain, but accounts were created for them, then I would just delete the computer accounts and recreate them.  (Frankly, I don't recall the exact series of events as I don't have many SBS 2003 boxes running anymore...  you might be able to reset the accounts as well).
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Not much to follow just needed confirmation for clarity and sanity. Thanks.
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