Re-joining domain on new server SBS2003
Posted on 2012-09-15
SBS2003 server crashed and had to start over with full re-install from scratch, giving it same computer name, same domain name & same IP address as before.
Everything went ok and didn't take too long to re-create users, shared folders, etc, so hasn't been too stressful so far.
But where I do foresee stress is when I put it back in situ and attempt to log each pc onto the network (all XP machines except one Win7). From past experience, even though the server name, domain name & Ip address are as before, I've found the workstations seem to want to join a new domain and refuse to log in. Having never known any other way (if there is another way), what I've had to do is:
Go round each workstation, run the Windows File & Settings Transfer wizard to gather the data from the user's profile;
then unjoin it from the domain;
then log them into the re-built server;
then join them to the new domain, even though to all intents & purposes it's the same domain;
then, as a new blank profile gets created called <username.domain.001>, run the Windows File & Settings Transfer wizard to restore the data from the user's original profile.
Not to mention having to Export & re-Import all their emails into Outlook, as this never seems to get catered for by the Windows File & Settings Transfer wizard.
Surely there must be a shortcut to this ridiculously long and tedious task?
(Obviously I'm aware there is a SBS2003 migration process for, say replacing the server with a new one, but this isn't possible in this instance as I had to re-go from scratch on same server).