windows 2003 Domain controller restore

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we are using DC and AD 2003,  we are having two Dc server one is primary and other is secondary, our primary DC server not stable and its hardware is very old.
we purchased a new server Hardware and i wanted to restore the primary Dc server on new Server. could any one say me the procedure.
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Prashant GirennavarCommented:
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AnuroopsunddCommented:
by not stable do you mean it is not at all working? if it is working for sometime you should transfer the roles to the secondary server to be on safer side. then you can promote the new server and demote this faulty server.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Don't restore.  Odds are you can't anyway (licensing) and then you'd need appropriate software.

You also don't have a primary and secondary.  In Active Directory, DCs are multi-master, meaning that each DC is equal.  There are 5 FSMO roles that could be spread amongst up to 5 servers.  If the currently unstable server is holding the roles, then TRANSFER them.  It's a fairly simple procedure, see:
http://www.petri.co.il/transferring_fsmo_roles.htm

What you want to do is:
0. Perform a full backup of both/all DCs!
1. Run DCDIAG /C /E /V on both DCs and confirm the directory health - resolve any unexplained issues
2. Install the new server as a member server.
3. Run DCPROMO on the new server and make it a DC.
4. Transfer the FSMO roles if necessary from the old server.
5. Run DCPROMO on the old server and demote it.
6. Delete the old server from the domain.

This WILL require changing the server name.  If you want to keep the server name, change the order from ... 2, 3, 4, 5 to 4, 5, 2, 3 and skip 6.
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MsiiAuthor Commented:
DC is not at all working, it is totally down. i have a full backup of my DC.
how to restore the backup smoothly on the new server
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Leon FesterSenior Solutions ArchitectCommented:
The best way to introduce a new DC is to run the DCPROMO command on a freshly built Windows Server.
When you restore the DC from the backup, the database will be out-of-date, and this can introduce more issues.

To get rid of the DC that is "totally down" you need to run a metadata cleanup:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/216498
Follow the instructions for ntdsutil in windows 2003.

Once the DC has been removed, you format and re-install Windows on your Server.(the totally dead one)
Then run DCPROMO to make it a Domain controller again.

But before you do the above, first confirm that the working Domain Controller currently holds all the FSMO roles.
If neccessary you make need to seize the roles.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324801
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MsiiAuthor Commented:
how can i run metadata cleanup on Dead DC server, it is not booting at all(harddisk is failed).
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Leon FesterSenior Solutions ArchitectCommented:
The dead DC is dead. You don't work on it.
You must run the metadata cleanup on the Domain Controller that is still working.
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Prashant GirennavarCommented:
No need to run Metadata clenup on dead servers.

Just go the DC which is up and running and perform metadata cleanup using NTDSUTIL

You just need to clean the references of the Dead DC.

Refer below link which explains how to perform Metadata cleanup.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/216498

Hope this helps.

Regards,

_Prashant_
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