Rebuilding a Domain

Microsoft Windows server 2008 enterprise
August 15, 2009 at 15:17:33
Specs: Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
I have recently had to rebuild my domain (thanks to a bad backup from the previous IT guy, and a complete SAS array disk failure. (Hard to believe I know, but nothing says starting a new job like getting the worst possible scenario to happen right at the get go) Anyways I have had to rebuild the domain, which is all done now, except I need to add the computers to the domain. I have configured the domain to be the exact same name, now however I need to now how to rejoin the client computers to the domain, without everyone loosing all their settings on their client computers. The last time I tried this on a network, they lost everything including their ability to open their exchange email boxes, and had to start with new boxes. I'm trying to avoid that this time. If anyone has any workable suggestions as to how to readd the computers to the domain so they will be verifiable for all services without loosing all new settings I'ld be very grateful.


Sorry this was my first post and I meant to it in the Server 2008 Section. My apologies.


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#1
August 15, 2009 at 20:21:11
If rebuilding the domain included a clean install of the server software, I would expect that the users would lose their settings if you weren't able to transfer their profiles from the old server.

As far as I know, their application data is what makes or breaks it. I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong.

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#2
August 17, 2009 at 08:06:49
settings are in existing local user profile. Join the domain then copy the local contents of th former profile to the new user domain profile which was created locally.

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#3
August 17, 2009 at 17:45:20
The mailboxes are the biggest issue. Those are the one thing I can't seem to get to open back up. However this is the most critical thing that needs to be saved. I am attempting to archive what I can from the accounts that can still access their email accounts before I rejoin the domain on their computer. However I have at least two that I have encountered that will not open the email boxes. If you have any suggestions for this I would appreciate it.

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#4
August 17, 2009 at 18:06:16
I mentioned the users' application data directory. Isn't that where the mailbox info is stored?

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#5
August 18, 2009 at 07:14:48
Yes the files for the mailbox are stored there, however when you change the domain information around (even when using the exact same domain) outlook requires that you configure a new setup box, and it will not open the previous one. At least not that I have been able to do. However through some manipulation of files, I have been able to extract the emails and contacts from the files out to .eml and .vcs files and then import them into OE, then import back into Outlook. An extensive process for even the few 20 people or so that I run this network for, but worth it to everyone to keep their emails and contacts. If anyone has a quicker or less step method I'ld still be happy to know. :)

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