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Posted on 2014-01-06
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I have a dell T300 which had a SBS2003 installed. Because of disk failures I lost all data and config. So i need to reinstall.

This setup has just this server and 10 PCs, all of them members of the domain.
My question is if possible to avoid to keep the current pc config without having to rejoin the new domain?

In the past I have to disjoin and rejoin the new domain after the server (PDC) is ready?
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If you are creating a new domain then you will need to add the workstations and servers to the new domain no way around it. If you are looking to keep profile settings you will be able to copy them over to the new default profile once you login to the new domain.

Will.
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Yes, new domain equals new domain SID.  Even though you name them the same, it's still a new domain.

Clients will have to be rejoined to new domain.

As Will states, profile info can be moved into new profile.

This is going to be a lot of work if you had Exchange too.

No backups?
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Figure I'd ask, do you have any systemstate backup from the sbs?
The workstations will continue to use the cached credentials.

As others pointed out, you would have to join the workstations to the newly installed system whether you use the same or a new domain.
Before you go through this process determine what data if any from the workstations you want/need to maintain.

With the new setup, both systems and user SID will change.
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by:75carlos
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Yes, I have the system-state.
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You could after installing the SBS use the directory recovery console and restore the system state to recover your AD configuration where as long as the systemstate is fairly recent you would not need to go through the rejoin/join process.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc730683%28v=WS.10%29.aspx
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Had to disjoin and join domain, the system-state backup (by NT backup) didn't worked properly.
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