Failed Primary Domain Controller

April 6, 2013 at 02:49:05
Specs: Windows server 2008
Hello to all
I have many DC in my company in some provinces , one of the PDC called YSJPDC.YSJ.qmb.local has failed (for hardware reason) and my BDC ( I think it hadn't been BDC cuase I only joined this server to YSJ.qmb.local domain, and I have not made any more BDC) is not exist !

How can I rebuild my YSJ domain ?

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April 6, 2013 at 03:17:44
Firstly, all DCs are equal (with very limited exceptions). There are no such things as PDCs and BDCs. If you have an existing DC that serves the domain then just build a new DC and let it replicate the AD database. If you were in the unfortunate position of having only one DC for the domain then you need to restore AD onto a new server from your backups.

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April 9, 2013 at 08:23:58
Since you are using NT4 nomenclature to describe Active Directory I suspect you are behind in your training for AD.

Your second DC should have been configured with DNS server and for being a Global Catalog holders.

Hopefully you have a backup with System State for your failed DC. You will need it I suspect.

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May 16, 2013 at 08:30:53
If the "BDC" is in fact a DC, then all you need to do is seize the FSMO roles to it. If not, you need to restore from backup. You should be restoring to a replacement server from backup anyway, it was there serving a purpose so I doubt that when it failed it was decided that the server was no longer necessary.

Andrew Leonard
BL Technical Services
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