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  • Single DC in a Child Domain Lost in fire. How to recover?

    I searched the forum without much success on my problem.

    I have a parent domain with 3 DCs in the parent domain. I have 4 remote child domains, each has 1 DC.
    All are running Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition.

    We had a fire and the office and server were completely destroyed. Offsite data only backup with 2 day old data is all I have.
    Even if I had a second DC, the fire would have melted it too.

    I have a new server that will be running Windows 2016 Server Standard Edition.

    Can I create this new server in the previously existing child domain and replicate from FSMO, etc. on the parent domain user accounts and passwords?

    If so, how do I go about doing this?

    Thank you in advance.

  • #2
    No, you cant - only some information will be held in the parent domain, not the full set.

    You would be best to restore the new DC from backup
    Tom Jones
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    • #3
      You could do a BMR of the DC to a VM and then promote the new 2016 server, decomm the restored DC.
      Regards,
      Jeremy

      Network Consultant/Engineer
      Baltimore - Washington area and beyond
      www.gma-cpa.com

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