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Server Crash - How to rebuild server with same domain

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Hi All,

A client's small business server has just crashed with a hardware failure; They have backups of all data and system state;

The old server held the fsmo roles, ad and domain controller.
We are to rebuild them a server, with similar settings. My question: is it possible to use the same domain??

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Did they have only one DC?   Since you have a system state you can try recovery first.  Go through the forest recovery whitepaper

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=16506

You could also rebuild, were there other servers on the network?

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Mike

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Only one DC and no other servers on the network.

Will read white paper - will let you know how/if system state recovery worksout.
Sandesh DubeyTechnical Lead
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Refer below link:
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=1215

Since SBS is having the Domain controller make sure that you are using the right set of options to restore the system state for your need. You may follow any NTBackup documentation for Domain controller restore for Windows Server 2003. Here is a ppt that has information about
authoritative/non-authoritative restore options and other Domain controller
related utilities.
http://support.microsoft.com/servicedesks/webcasts/wc031902/WC031902.ppt 

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Commented:
unfortunately the system state backup is not usable (corrupted);

so we are now going to go with a fresh install:

Old server: sbs 2003
AD, DC, DHCP, DNS (no exchange)

New Server: Server 2003 Std
AD, DC, DHCP, DNS

Question: can I use the same domain name? or will it cause issues. If changing the domain, would there be any issue migrating user profiles?
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You can use the same domain name but you need to create users again and you need to disjoin the PC from domain and join to domain again and configure the profile again.

Once you rejoing the PC to domain you can copy the content of old profile to new profile.

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