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  • HELP: Backup & Restore Active Directory

    Our Small Business Server 2000 is the only Domain Controller we have in our company. It has two network cards, one connected directly to the internet, and the other into the internal LAN. It comes bundled with ISA Server 2000 which is our firewall/router/proxy.

    The server is becoming unstable which crashes everytime we move the mouse at the server. We wish to do a rebuild but keep existing Active Directory.

    1. How can we backup the Active Directory?

    We plan to install a secondary Domain Controller - obviously using plain Windows 2000 Server. I found an article on adding additional DCs to a SBS domain:

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/pro.../addsrvrs.mspx

    However am wondering will the AD be replicated from the SBS to the 2nd DC? If so, what will happen if we reformated/reinstalled SBS PC from scratch? It will create a new domain (irrespective of whether it was the same name as before), but this domain will not be recognised by the 2nd DC? Is this correct?



    2. How to reformat/reinstall current SBS2000 PC and restore previous AD?

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    Re: HELP: Backup & Restore Active Directory

    The answer is (as always) to do a swing migration http://www.sbsmigration.com/ Not a trivial excercise and not cheap either - you may need 1-2 days of downtime to factor into your planning. But if you are already considering reinstallation, spend the extra $500/$600 + CALS and upgrade to SBS2003R2 and don't reinstall a 7+ yr-old OS
    TIA

    Steven Teiger [SBS-MVP(2003-2009)]
    http://www.wintra.co.il/
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      Re: HELP: Backup & Restore Active Directory

      introduce a new Win 2003 server and run DCPROMO, once completed your AD will be replicated across.

      Move across other roles including Schema Master etc.. either via MMC or command line -- once done dcpromo your SBS down to server level and remove from network

      you will need to take into account your exchange mailboxes, data etc, plan their migration before you take these steps.

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        Re: HELP: Backup & Restore Active Directory

        It is not that simple!
        Remember your Exchange was on and married to the AD on a server (say Server1) and now you want to put it a differently named server (say server2). How does your scheme account for that? Export every mailbox to pst? Public Folders? or are you going to install a new Exchange server in the organisation and use Move Mailbox? Then you need to re-home public folders, free/busy time etc. You will also lose all your permissions, delegates, and orphan your off-line folders.
        Now apart from exchange, all your shares, printers and permissions are nixed.
        I am not saying it can't be done. Just that the 2-3hour equivalent outlay for SBS migration toolkit, plus the 90-day support given in case of difficulties, is the more worthwhile option.
        Or hire a professional!
        TIA

        Steven Teiger [SBS-MVP(2003-2009)]
        http://www.wintra.co.il/
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        Iím honoured to have been selected for the SMB 150 list for 2013. This is the third time in succession (no logo available for 2011) that I have been honoured with this award.

        We donít stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.

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