Windows 2008 domain splintered into 2 networks

August 2, 2012 at 11:39:30
Specs: Windows 7
I have a network domain with 2 domain controllers running windows server 2008. At some point the DNS name for one of the servers got messed up and they stopped talking to each other even though they are on fixed IPs. The DNS problem has been fixed, but they haven't started communicating again. While the DNS was messed up the domain controllers kept running a different copy of the network. The DFS stopped replicating, the users lists fragmented and the network separated into two "shadow domains" with the same name. DC1 says it is healthy, but it claims DC2 is offline. DC2 claims it is healthy but DC1 is offline.

I don't even know where to begin repairing this rift.... any advice is appreciated.

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August 2, 2012 at 14:17:14
demote dc2 out of the domain and add it back in again.

more was wrong then a dns name...and it had to have been going on for awhile to cause the break.

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