I have two identical Windows 2000 Boxes both Dell PE 1600SC Servers. My problem is I need to migrate to Windows 2008 R2 AD-DC but my 2nd Domain Controller is down and I do not want to change my only DC until I get this second one back up. I know nothing should happen when updating the only AD-DC but if something does I am s.o.l.
I have 3 total 1600SCs one is a file server (2 are AD-DC all with win 2000 standard server with sp4) and for the past 4-5 years I have always had problems rebooting. Whenever you reboot any one of the 1600SCs they boot to a black window with a blinking cursor and you have to manually reset the server (they all do it) and it will boot then the log in prompt eventually appears and all is well. I posted this question years ago but never got a real answer, not even from Dell. They wanted me to format but since 2 of the 3 were AD-DCs I couldn't do it.
RE: The 2nd AD-DC:
When booting I get to the Loading windows with a progress bar (Windows 2000 Server Standard with SP4) then I get the BSOD with "Inaccessible Boot Device Error" with a SCSI Drive that has failed (that is my guess). It was using a software mirror from within Windows 2000 the original Drive Failed years ago and I added a new 2nd Drive but it will not boot off of it (so I don't know if there is any data on it at all) or if the SCSI Controller is failing. If I unplug the SCSI from the main drive I get no OS Found on the other SCSI drive. The controller settings screen sees the other drive but I cannot choose which to boot off it is greyed out (controller came with the server)
I "may" have a system state backup that is a couple of months old. Is there anything I can to do get this Server up and running so I can migrate over to Windows 2008 R2 AD-DC running DNS?
I do not know what I need to do with the System State backup that I may have. Are there easy/hand-holding/step-by-step walk-throughs on restoring the system state (if that is what is needed)?
I cannot boot in to safe mode either, same problem, gets to a point and same error.
I can try booting in to command prompt via System Restore option (R) when booting from Windows 2000 SP4 Disc and run the check disk command. I have not done this yet. Or can I use the working DC and create an Emergency Restore disk? I did have one but it will not read it. Disk is very old.
I may have a full image from Acronis True Image Echo Server but the drives are set as Dynamic (due to it being a software raid 1 in Windows) and I do not think it will restore a dynamic drive. I am not 100% it is a full backup it may be a system state as well. I will need to look at the internal hidden drive (IDE).
If I I have a full backup can I restore to an IDE drive that I have laying around? I will just have to change the boot order in the BIOS correct? or is there something else I need to change as well?
If I cannot get the System State or Full Backup in my hands what is the best solution to fix the inaccessible boot device error? Run Check Disk like I mentioned earlier? Or is there an alternative? and if Check Disk runs but does not fix the problem, then what?
IF I can get the System State back up (if its a few months old) and get in to a working windows environment, will the One and only AD-DC update all of the old information to "catch it up" with current data?
I am just trying to find a quick and easy solution to get the 2nd AD-DC up and running so I can then move over to a Windows 2008 R2 AD-DC with DNS (two physical servers and may setup a 3rd Virtual one).
Thanks for any help and sorry for the long post.