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Starting up old VM image of 2003 Domain Controller

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I have a client I just picked up and they had a RAID controller go bad in a server with VMWare eSXI 4.1 on it.  They had a backup copy of the 2003 Domain Controller on another server that is about a year old.

Would it be a major catastrophe to start up that server and let it replicate?  Or should I just try to clean up Active Directory of the DC and then build a new one?
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You could be 'cleaning' AD for days potentially, depending on what powering up that old server breaks.

If it is recommended to build a new DC when wanting to P2V a DC, it is certainly most recommended to do so here as well. :)

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~coolsport00
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the failed server was virtual and the backup I have is a VM copy of the failed server.  Does that make any difference?

I've just never had a DC offline that long and don't want to power it up and cause more problem.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
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The DC is too old, and it will be tombstoned!

Create a new DC.
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If it is a year old (backup) it is going to be past the tombstone lifetime and you will run into issues/lingering objects.

I'd build a new one and cleanup the old one.

Thanks

Mike
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by:Mike Kline
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odd my answer posted late...wasn't trying to step on toes
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Yeah...just too old; create new...

@mkline71 - no toes stepped on...all good :)

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