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Replace WSE 2012 Essentials domain controller


brianmullins
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Hey guys,

 

Need some advice/direction. I've got a WSE2012 (not R2) server set up and have been a bit neglectful of it. Currently the Storage Spaces drive that I had created is totally hosed as it ran out of space. I added a drive a few months back with the intention of moving/removing some old backups, but time got away from me and it died again once it filled up. It has no data other than backups of my desktop machine on it, and that's not been working for 6+ months. I've got Crashplan on my desktop, too, so i'm not in any immediate danger of losing data.

 

What I'd like to do is just wipe the machine and start over. However, it's my domain controller (only my desktop machine is joined), and I'm worried about having to move my user profile on my desktop to a new domain. Can I just rebuild the server, name it and the domain the same as currently and then rejoin my desktop without issues?

 

Thanks in advance. I trust you all way more than any other site to lead me in the right direction.

 

Jim and Dave (and anyone else who's thinking this...): I know, I should have the server backing up, too. That's the goal for the new setup. And I'll be avoiding Storage Spaces. What a pain.

 

Thanks,

 

Brian

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No, you can't just wipe and rebuild.  
Specifically, when you create the domain and accounts, it creates unique IDs for each account. These are not retained on the new system. 
Nor is the "domain trust" retained. 

 

There isn't a good solution here, though, if you just want to wipe out the backups, you can delete that folder and start from scratch, without having to rebuild the domain controller (or even break up the storage spaces array and recreated it ... or use something else).

 

 

And if you want to use something beside Storage Spaces, look into StableBit DrivePool or Drive Bender. Either are far better solutions. 

(I'm biased, I work for the company that produces StableBit DrivePool). 

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Hey Drashna,

 

Thanks for the reply. I figured it would be full of pitfalls. I've gone down the path of creating a hyper-v vm of wse2012r2 on my desktop machine, set it up as a second DC, transferred the FSMO roles to the new server, and am about to wipe the old server. Once I get it set up again I'll basically do the reverse and I think i should be OK. 

 

That sound like it should work?

 

Definitely going with Stablebit this time...

 

 

Thanks,

 

Brian

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If you have the backup/secondary, then you should be okay, I think.

I haven't messed much with that, but in theory....

 

 

Worst case, if it doesn't... you should still be able to log into the domain account on the client system for now. You'd want to migrate everything off of it, make sure you have a local admin account (run "lusrmgr.msc"), and then leave the old domain and join the new domain. 

 

 

And glad to hear it. Hope you enjoy StableBit DrivePool (and check out StableBit Scanner, if you haven't already or haven't planned to, yet).

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