Windows Server 2003 DC crash in Windows 2000 domain

Posted on 2013-10-29
Last Modified: 2013-11-05
We have a Windows Server 2000 domain with another DC which is Windows Server 2003. This environment obviously has been around for a while. Anyway, the Windows 2003 server crashed and I am rebuilding it.  Do I need to re-run adprep when I get to the dcpromo point? And is there anything else I should be aware of?
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by:Mike Kline
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You don't need to run adprep again.   You will have to cleanup that dead DC using metadata cleanup procedures

Did the 2003 box hold any FSMO roles?



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I can't recall about FSMO roles. When I say rebuilding, I mean I am re-creating the server from scratch.

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And users are not having any problems logging into the domain at this point either.
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Mike Kline earned 500 total points
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You first need to cleanout the old server,

netdom query fsmo to find the fsmo roles

To add another DC you would build your new server box and then add it to the domain and promote it using dcpromo.



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When you say the old server, you are referring to the 2000 server, correct?

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dcpromo failed. the specified user already exists. help.
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Have you performed metadata cleanup of crashed DC.What about the FSMO role.Does the Windows 2000 hold server else you need to seize the role.

Metadata cleanup:
Seize FSMO role:

You also need to verify the health of existing DC by dcdiag /q.If error is reported post the logs.

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Thank you.

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