troubleshooting Question

Domain controller 2003 and 2008

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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?
Maen Abu-Tabanjeh
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