I have a primary domain controller that is broke and not bootable at the moment.
I have a secondary controller that is not configured properly.
Both servers have windows server 2008 standard, 32 bit. They are NOT the r2 version.
I thought running dcpromo would allow me to promote the server to a primary controller.
When I run dcpromo I get the following information:
1. Active Directory Domains Services Installation wizard: "This computer is already an active directory domain controller. You can use this wizard to uninstall active directory domain services on this server."
I don't really want to uninstall active directory, but when I click on active directory user and computers I get a message box that says:
2. "Naming information cannot be located because: The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted. Contact your system admin to verify that your domain is properly configured and is currently on line."
So it is looking to the non-working primary domain controller.
After clicking OK, AD opens but it is empty and has a red circle with an X thru the Active Directory users and Computers in the tree.
I was able export the active directory settings before the primary computer became unbootable.
I hoped to import the settings into this second server, but with it looking elsewhere for the information, I hesitate to try.
How do I get it to point to itself as the primary controller?
What else do I need to consider to set the server as the primary domain controller?