I have a SBS 20003 server (my main server), and HAD a Win 2008 RC1 server. The win 2008 server recently died and I cannot restore that server due to corrupt backup.
When both were running, I had run dcpromo on the server 2008 machine. I had really only installed the server 2008 on that machine to allow simultaneous logins to a piece of software. But I thought that as long as I had a second server, I might as well also make that server a domain controller, so in case my main server went down, I'd still be running ok (more or less).
Well the server 2008 died and I can;t restore it. On the same day there were some power outages and the battery backup on the main server failed and it cut out a few times. Later in the evening, I restarted the server properly and checked for bad sectors on HD. There were none.
However, now my main sbs 2003 server when it boots up give the following error: Windows cannot obtain the domain controller name for your computer network (the specified name either does not exist or could not be contacted.)
Does running DCPROMO on a second server demote the first one? I did not think that was the case and can;t see why that would happen.
How do i see what server the sbs2003 machine is looking for the domain controller?
I have good backups off the SBS2003 from before the incident. I suppose I can go into directory restore mode and restore from an old backup. Do you think this is the best course of action? Or do you recommend checking something else first?