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Help Building New Server after crash

Please help with insite on building new DC. In order to simplify connectivity for the clients will it be best to set the new DC up with the same Domain name, same IP and same drive mappings as the old server or will it make any difference, will the clients still see it as a new domain , and be given a new user profile ? I dont have any access to the old Active Directory, fact is the drives from the old server are on the way to DriverSavers so they can get the DB, and files. So this will be a total new server and I need tips to make it as painless as possible for the clients AND myself.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
The clients will see it as a new domain.  Windows domains use Globally Unique IDs that are randomly generated at install time.  It doesn't matter if you name everything the same, the computers are going to see the domain, the servers, and the users as different people (think about like social security numbers - you can have two people with the same name, but not the same Social Security number and as such, they are viewed as different.

Are there NO backups?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Basically, at this point, you're going to have a nightmare of a time reconfiguring all the workstations (especially if you have more than a handful) and migrating the existing user profiles.
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GD_GRAYAuthor Commented:
No, the surge got the two drives on the DC and the drive on the backup server. No off site. The only other backup is one on a server that has been offline like 4 months. That data will help but will do nothing for the payroll this week. Do you know of a way after I connect the clients to the new server to enable or move the old profiles over ?
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GD_GRAYAuthor Commented:
Yea, thought so. Man this sucks. And to think, I sent a recommendation for barracuda networks offsite backup server to the CEO like 4 weeks ago and they blew it off. They may rethink it now...if I still have a job.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You can try the User Profile Wizard from ForensIT - I've had good (but not perfect) success with it.  http://www.forensit.com/downloads.html

If you have to start from scratch, then (and I know you're almost certainly pressed for time) use this as the opportunity to rebuild and get things you may have made mistakes with before correct.

Some things to consider/keep in mind (my recommendations):

1.  Name your domain something.local - I suggest taking your company abbreviation and using that - for example, if your company is Grand Design Incorporated, use GDI as the netBIOS domain name and gdi.local as the DNS domain (some people might prefer "GrandDesignInc.local" or something like that - trust me, the more you have to type it, the more annoying it will be and since it's internal, it really doesn't matter what you call it.
2. Get a UPS with AVR (Automatic Voltage Regulation) - either a large one that can handle ALL servers or several smaller ones, one per server.
3. Implement something with Off-site backup - but lets face it - most people/businesses I know are HORRIBLE with their backups (not trying to criticize - I'm worse than most of my clients - but it's clear you're company is not as good as it should be either).  I've been looking at installing (and have begun installing) BDR (Backup/Disaster Recovery) Devices at clients.  One in-particular uses a local BDR in case the main system fails it can "take over" as the failed server in minutes (from being manually told to) or they can "spin-up" a virtual server on the internet and connect with VPN to work remotely until the physical hardware is restored (NOTE: you MUST NOT use OEM licenses for a BDR as they cannot be transferred even temporarily to a backup server).
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I use HeroWare, heard of, but haven't heard how good/bad Barracuda is.
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GD_GRAYAuthor Commented:
Thank you this very helpfull. Im going to keep this open till sun, hope you dont mind. Im sure Ill hav at least one more question...lol
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GD_GRAYAuthor Commented:
Thank you for you help, I just posted another question about SQL Server 2000.... so if you know SQL maybe you can slap my simple mind in gear.....
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