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SBS2008 Re-connect computers to domain after fresh server install

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    mrceolla Guest

    SBS2008 Re-connect computers to domain after fresh server install

    How do I reconnect computers to a domain after they have already been
    connected once? The server install is fresh and unaware that the
    computers were once part of the domain.

    Our new HP ML350 G6 SBS 2008 server became unbootable after some HP
    update. It was only a few weeks old and only a few of us tech guys
    were connecting to it. We hadn't yet setup any sort of backup for
    this new server so we had to reinstall and start from scratch. During
    this whole downtime the computers that were connecting to it were
    never restarted, the users never logged off, and outlook was never
    closed in fear of loosing access to any redirected folders and cached
    exchange email.

    The users have been recreated on this fresh install. Outlook did not
    like reconnecting. It asked us to restart and upon restart our
    mailboxes were fresh and empty. We made sure to export to pst before
    closing outlook so all is OK there.

    Next we want to re-add or re-connect our computers to the server. The
    connect program at http://connect is a possibility but I need to know
    what that will do to our current profiles and/or exchange data.
    During the connect program it asks if you want to transfer any
    settings from existing profiles. But the list of profiles are only
    local users and our domain profiles were not there. So if I choose
    "none" what will happen? Will it create a fresh profile? Is there a
    way I can manually add the computers and bypass the connect program?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Have a great day!

    Mike

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  3. #2


    kj [SBS MVP] Guest

    Re: SBS2008 Re-connect computers to domain after fresh server install

    Your previous profiles were under the old domain GUID/SIDS.
    Even if you named the domain the same and the SBS server the same, you have
    a unique domain. Your workstations will have to join anew and you'll need to
    manually migrate the old domain profiles and profile data to the new domain
    profiles.



    mrceolla wrote:

    > How do I reconnect computers to a domain after they have already been
    > connected once? The server install is fresh and unaware that the
    > computers were once part of the domain.
    >
    > Our new HP ML350 G6 SBS 2008 server became unbootable after some HP
    > update. It was only a few weeks old and only a few of us tech guys
    > were connecting to it. We hadn't yet setup any sort of backup for
    > this new server so we had to reinstall and start from scratch. During
    > this whole downtime the computers that were connecting to it were
    > never restarted, the users never logged off, and outlook was never
    > closed in fear of loosing access to any redirected folders and cached
    > exchange email.
    >
    > The users have been recreated on this fresh install. Outlook did not
    > like reconnecting. It asked us to restart and upon restart our
    > mailboxes were fresh and empty. We made sure to export to pst before
    > closing outlook so all is OK there.
    >
    > Next we want to re-add or re-connect our computers to the server. The
    > connect program at http://connect is a possibility but I need to know
    > what that will do to our current profiles and/or exchange data.
    > During the connect program it asks if you want to transfer any
    > settings from existing profiles. But the list of profiles are only
    > local users and our domain profiles were not there. So if I choose
    > "none" what will happen? Will it create a fresh profile? Is there a
    > way I can manually add the computers and bypass the connect program?
    >
    > Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Have a great day!
    >
    > Mike
    --
    /kj



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    mrceolla Guest

    Re: SBS2008 Re-connect computers to domain after fresh server install

    Thank you for your reply.

    So what should my next step be?

    We haven't logged off since the first OS install died. We've
    reconnected to Exchange and re-imported all of our email. We have
    also reconnected to the redirected/synced folders (desktop and my
    documents only).

    Do we run the connect program? If so, should we select our old local
    profiles or "<None>" during the process?

    I would assume that we could log back into the machines as the domain
    admin and then copy the profile settings from the old domain profile
    to the new domain profile...or will that not be possible?

    I guess basically I'm wondering the best way to manually migrate the
    old domain profiles and profile data to the new domain profiles...as
    you stated above.

    Thank you so much,
    Mike

    On Oct 9, 6:55*pm, "kj [SBS MVP]" <KevinJ....@newsgroup>
    wrote:

    > Your previous profiles were under the old domain GUID/SIDS.
    > Even if you named the domain the same and the SBS server the same, you have
    > a unique domain. Your workstations will have to join anew and you'll needto
    > manually migrate the old domain profiles and profile data to the new domain
    > profiles.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > mrceolla wrote:

    > > How do I reconnect computers to a domain after they have already been
    > > connected once? *The server install is fresh and unaware that the
    > > computers were once part of the domain.
    >

    > > Our new HP ML350 G6 SBS 2008 server became unbootable after some HP
    > > update. *It was only a few weeks old and only a few of us tech guys
    > > were connecting to it. *We hadn't yet setup any sort of backup for
    > > this new server so we had to reinstall and start from scratch. *During
    > > this whole downtime the computers that were connecting to it were
    > > never restarted, the users never logged off, and outlook was never
    > > closed in fear of loosing access to any redirected folders and cached
    > > exchange email.
    >

    > > The users have been recreated on this fresh install. *Outlook did not
    > > like reconnecting. *It asked us to restart and upon restart our
    > > mailboxes were fresh and empty. *We made sure to export to pst before
    > > closing outlook so all is OK there.
    >

    > > Next we want to re-add or re-connect our computers to the server. *The
    > > connect program athttp://connectis a possibility but I need to know
    > > what that will do to our current profiles and/or exchange data.
    > > During the connect program it asks if you want to transfer any
    > > settings from existing profiles. *But the list of profiles are only
    > > local users and our domain profiles were not there. *So if I choose
    > > "none" what will happen? *Will it create a fresh profile? *Is therea
    > > way I can manually add the computers and bypass the connect program?
    >

    > > Any advice would be greatly appreciated. *Have a great day!
    >

    > > Mike
    >
    > --
    > /kj- Hide quoted text -
    >
    > - Show quoted text -

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    kj [SBS MVP] Guest

    Re: SBS2008 Re-connect computers to domain after fresh server install

    Pretty much as you've figured. Use the admin to move data from old domain
    profile to new domain profile. SBS will only migrate local profiles to
    (current) SBS domain profile.

    Tricky are the offline files and exchange ost data, but sounds like you have
    those covered.


    mrceolla wrote:

    > Thank you for your reply.
    >
    > So what should my next step be?
    >
    > We haven't logged off since the first OS install died. We've
    > reconnected to Exchange and re-imported all of our email. We have
    > also reconnected to the redirected/synced folders (desktop and my
    > documents only).
    >
    > Do we run the connect program? If so, should we select our old local
    > profiles or "<None>" during the process?
    >
    > I would assume that we could log back into the machines as the domain
    > admin and then copy the profile settings from the old domain profile
    > to the new domain profile...or will that not be possible?
    >
    > I guess basically I'm wondering the best way to manually migrate the
    > old domain profiles and profile data to the new domain profiles...as
    > you stated above.
    >
    > Thank you so much,
    > Mike
    >
    > On Oct 9, 6:55 pm, "kj [SBS MVP]" <KevinJ....@newsgroup>
    > wrote:

    >> Your previous profiles were under the old domain GUID/SIDS.
    >> Even if you named the domain the same and the SBS server the same,
    >> you have a unique domain. Your workstations will have to join anew
    >> and you'll need to manually migrate the old domain profiles and
    >> profile data to the new domain profiles.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> mrceolla wrote:

    >>> How do I reconnect computers to a domain after they have already
    >>> been connected once? The server install is fresh and unaware that
    >>> the computers were once part of the domain.
    >>

    >>> Our new HP ML350 G6 SBS 2008 server became unbootable after some HP
    >>> update. It was only a few weeks old and only a few of us tech guys
    >>> were connecting to it. We hadn't yet setup any sort of backup for
    >>> this new server so we had to reinstall and start from scratch.
    >>> During this whole downtime the computers that were connecting to it
    >>> were never restarted, the users never logged off, and outlook was
    >>> never closed in fear of loosing access to any redirected folders
    >>> and cached exchange email.
    >>

    >>> The users have been recreated on this fresh install. Outlook did not
    >>> like reconnecting. It asked us to restart and upon restart our
    >>> mailboxes were fresh and empty. We made sure to export to pst before
    >>> closing outlook so all is OK there.
    >>

    >>> Next we want to re-add or re-connect our computers to the server.
    >>> The connect program athttp://connectis a possibility but I need to
    >>> know what that will do to our current profiles and/or exchange data.
    >>> During the connect program it asks if you want to transfer any
    >>> settings from existing profiles. But the list of profiles are only
    >>> local users and our domain profiles were not there. So if I choose
    >>> "none" what will happen? Will it create a fresh profile? Is there a
    >>> way I can manually add the computers and bypass the connect program?
    >>

    >>> Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Have a great day!
    >>

    >>> Mike
    >>
    >> --
    >> /kj- Hide quoted text -
    >>
    >> - Show quoted text -
    --
    /kj



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