Recovering Domain Controller from very old backup


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Guest

Hi all

I'm a bit of a newbie to domain controllers but nevertheless I'm the one to
cleanup the mess.
We have the situation that an one out of two domain controller crashed
(harddisk failure) but the only backup we have is a Ghost backup 6 months old
(not my bad). We now have to get this domain controller back online and I
would like to ask you what the best procedure for this is.

I would propose the following but maybe there is an easier way. At least I
would very much appreciate it:

- load ghost backup on DC2
- remove Active directory on DC2 with dcpromo /forceremoval
- cleanup Active Directory in DC1 with ntdsutil (metadata cleanup, etc):
removes DC2 from AD.
- add DC2 back into the domain as additional domain controller.

What you think? or is there a better way?

I very much appreciate your help. Many thanks in advance!

cheers, mike
 
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Herb Martin

Mike_68 said:
Hi all

I'm a bit of a newbie to domain controllers but nevertheless I'm the one to
cleanup the mess.
We have the situation that an one out of two domain controller crashed
(harddisk failure) but the only backup we have is a Ghost backup 6 months old
(not my bad). We now have to get this domain controller back online and I
would like to ask you what the best procedure for this is.

Don't do it (online), especially if it is over six months old.

There is no need to do this since you can just
DCPromo another DC.

The only real reasons for doing this are if you were
to have NO other DC, or need that particular machine
for non-DC functions.
I would propose the following but maybe there is an easier way. At least I
would very much appreciate it:

- load ghost backup on DC2

Only while fully offline so that NO replication can
take place.
- remove Active directory on DC2 with dcpromo /forceremoval
- cleanup Active Directory in DC1 with ntdsutil (metadata cleanup, etc):
removes DC2 from AD.
- add DC2 back into the domain as additional domain controller.

What you think? or is there a better way?

One assumes you need something that is non-DC
related.
I very much appreciate your help. Many thanks in advance!
 
G

Guest

Hi Herb Martin

Many thanks for your quick answer.
Unfortunately we have no other DC on site and have to reuse this one. But
even if we had one don't you have to delete the crashed DC out of the AD? And
then the new DC also has to have a different name, right?

With the proposed procedure I reckon I'm able to add the repaired PC back
into the domain as a secondary DC, with the same name as before. (A different
name would lead to several changes on other PCs within the domain).

However, at the end we need two redundant DCs running again.

kind regards,
mike
 
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Herb Martin

Mike_68 said:
Hi Herb Martin

Many thanks for your quick answer.
Unfortunately we have no other DC on site and have to reuse this one. But
even if we had one don't you have to delete the crashed DC out of the AD? And
then the new DC also has to have a different name, right?

The name is likely reusable (I have done it.)

You must however DCPromo OUT and back to make
it an (effective and safe) DC again.

You aren't really recovering the "DC" but merely the
rest of the server functionality and data.
With the proposed procedure I reckon I'm able to add the repaired PC back
into the domain as a secondary DC, with the same name as before. (A different
name would lead to several changes on other PCs within the domain).

The name should work.

You might wish to also REMOVE the DC object
from AD (NTDSUtil "metadata cleanup") after you
do the force removal. And kill the computer account
using ADSIutil.

All before you do the new DCPromo to make that
machine a NEW DC.
However, at the end we need two redundant DCs running again.

Good.
 
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