Primary Domain controller dead
Can someone edit the title please! Comain should be Domain! DONE
We're in the middle of migrating to our new domain at the moment and It was going quite well until this afternoon. I'd copied across some data from the old to the new and managed to decomission 2 of our existing servers. So I removed them from the rack today and had a bit of a re-organisation which involved most of the server being removed from the rack in the end and moved to new positions to accomodate everything in some sort of logical order.
Came to powering everything back on again, all the new servers started up fine, I then started up server 1 for our old RMCC3 network and it started loading windows fine, so I switch on everything else. Come back to check on them about 2 or 3 minutes later, and notice that the old server 1 is just displaying a gray screen, looks like it got stuck on startup somewhere. So I leave it another ten minutes and still nothing so no other optiont but to hit the reset switch. Here's where it goes horribly wrong.
Server won't start, and the RAID controller is reporting 3 disc failures! Yes that's 3 discs out of a possible 6, absolutely great! So now it's officially dead. It's not a major major problem, as the backup completed sucessfully last night so I have all the data from it safe which happens to be all the staff files :eek: (Tape currently residing in my house for ultra safe keeping!) but it is a problem in that I still need to migrate exchange except the old exchange server can't authenticate to anything because that server was performing DNS for the old domain. :frusty:
Would I get away with renaming the old Server 2 to server 1 and changing the IP number, then installing DNS onto that to replace the now missing DNS server? Would that work and allow exchange to log on (there are still 3 other domain controllers from the old domain, so there's servers there for it to autneticate to if it can find them)
Or could I add the old servers 1's IP number to my new network domain controller then add the old networks domain to that DNS server so it can resolve names? Would that work?
I only need it running so I can log onto the exchange box and migrate across all the e-mail, once that task is complete, then the old domain can be trashed - two more days that's all I needed!
Looks like staff won't be getting their laptops back as early as I hoped!
Any help appreciated!