Windows backup image restore of server. Network profile "public" AD not working.

Hello guys

I just restored a DC server from image to a VM (it was a hyper-v vm before too)

And restore went successfully. However, i can't seem to access the AD.  When i open active directory sites and services it says naming information cannot be located.

The network adapter is on "public", and not domain. Could this be the reason? How do i fix this.
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
What type of restore did you perform on this DC? Is this DC the only one in the domain or are there others as well. Did this DC hold the fsmo roles as well?

MzeidAuthor Commented:
Image restore. There are 2 DC's but this DC holds all the FSMO roles.
Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Image Restore? This is not the appropriate way to restore a domain controller. You should have done a system state restore (authoritative restore) if this DC is holding the FSMO roles.

Also why did you perform a restore? It would have been better to transfer the fsmo roles to your other DC spin up a new DC and let it replicate from the DC that is online and the new FSMO role holder.

Restoring a DC using an image is not a supported method to recover a DC.

You probably have USN Roll Back issue.

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MzeidAuthor Commented:
I am actually doing a disaster recovery test in a closed hyper-v enviroment. I am also currently restoring systemstate from the same image onto the machine.

Is there a way to fix the usn roll back issue?
Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
When you do a system state restore you also need to make sure it is an Authoritative Restore. also you will find that if you do not recover your other DC into the lab environment you will get replicaiton issues and Sites and services will not look pretty.

If you are only putting the 1 DC into the environment then what i would recommend is that you run the below command to ensure that this DC is actually holding all of the FSMO roles.

netdom query fsmo

Make sure that the FSMO roles are pointing to the correct DC.


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MzeidAuthor Commented:
I did a authorative restore. and startet the machine. It boots, and It seems like it has the AD up and running now. But with a bunch of errors.  Gonna try querying.
Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Yeah it will definitely have errors if not all of the DC's are in the Test environment. Just go through the errors and correct them as you go. You will more then likely have some errors that will not go away due to not all of your DC's ibeing in the terst environment.

MzeidAuthor Commented:
Okay, i went through the errors. it is running good.

For some weird reason alot of the system were corrupt, so i had to run a dism /online /online-image /restorehealth and a sfc /scannow and now everything works. Removed the old DC too.

Thanks alot
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