hi, I have a 2008 sbs, where windows died and we couldn't get it to boot. I managed to bodge a usb hard drive together with windows 2012 on it. to read the data and act as a temp server. no AD on it.
I have now purchased a windows 2012 R2 essentials server.
the situation I'm in now is.
Exchange moved to hosted solution
I have access to data from backups and the USB bootable windows running on the old server.
The client machines have not been touched, they are still left as being on a domain, even thou one doesn't exist yet.
I would like to make my 2012 server the new AD, Ideally I was wondering, if I could some how copy the old AD information from the 2008 sbs onto the new 2012 server, obviously I cannot migrate. Is there a way of doing it by importing files I can access on the old server hard drive ?
or I'm I best just rebuilding from scratch and adding the pc's to that.