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No Active Directory after SBS 2003 force removal

Posted on 2014-01-06
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I did a force removal on the old SBS 2003 DC after transferring roles to the new AD on 2012 R2. Now I have no AD.

I used ADSI Edit to remove the old server from the DCs. I also removed the old server from DNS.

Is there any way to recover?
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Will Szymkowski earned 500 total points
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You will need to have a system state backup of Active Directory and you will need to perform an Non-Authoratative Full Server Restore.

The link below provides all of the required steps...
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc772519(v=ws.10).aspx

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I don't have a system state backup so I am back to building a new domain. It's small but will have to recreate desktops which I had hoped to avoid. Any recommendtaions?
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Nothing big in ADDS. If I create a new domain with the existing name maybe the desktops will still match if it's name base rather than some sort of ID.

Is that possible?

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domain/user2
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by:Will Szymkowski
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Nope this is not possible. If you create a new domain (even if it is the same name) the SID's will be different (security Identifiers). You will need to re-add all of the workstations and servers to the new domain unfortuneately.

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I was afraid of that. I appreciate the quick response
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Not a problem. Glad that the domain is not too big.

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I was hoping for another answer but at least this got me moving down the right path.
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