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Tombstoned DC, now cleared off AD via metadatacleanup. Now i want it back on the network as a DC.

Posted on 2013-12-09
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OS  - server 2003 running on esxi 5

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Q_28293009.html

I had a DC that had tombstoned. I removed it via metadata cleanup, I did not DCPROMO it as I was getting errors

I now have an old DC switched of (virtually) and gathering virtual dust.

I want to get it back on my network as a DC.


So, how do i do this?

1. Remove network cable, power up and then DCPROMO it, put in into a workgroup, and change it's name, then add it to the domain and then DCPROMO? In order for DCPROMO to work, does it need to contact another DC?

2. Wipe the OS and start the build from scratch?
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Either way will give you the same result. I would start with a fresh install myself.
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by:Krokodili
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In order to add it to an existing domain, it should connect to another DC. I should suggest to unplug from the virtual network, make it a Workgroup, plug back the virtual network and join it to the existing domain. So less work and fewer restarts.
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If theres nothing else on the server that needs to be kept id blow it away and start from scratch. Just safer that way and nothing hidden to get you in trouble down the line.
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Yeah, I'll wipe it and start from scratch.

Thanks
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