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Resetting server 2003

Discussion in 'Windows Server 2003 / 2008 / 2012 Exams' started by beaumontdvd, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. beaumontdvd

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    Hi all, just a quick post. Is there anyway of resetting the settings in 2003 and starting back from when you have installed the OS. For e.g before you installed AD ect.. I tried system restore but it's not there lol :rolleyes: Sorry I am a beginner on server 03. What happend was I changed the domain name then client pc cannot connect to the domain controller when I had put in the new name. I have uninstalled dns,dhcp ect... and resinstalled but it has no differnce. I have set the clients IP to 192.168.0.101 and the dns to point to the domain controllers ip 192.168.0.100 the client pc LAN connection is connected but not receiving packets. Also the dns for the domain controller is 127.0.0.1 (Local host) - I think. Is that because its using its own dns server or is it because its using the one from the default gateway (ISP)

    Could someone explain this simply.

    Server 03 + XP (CLIENT) are running virtually.


    Thanks,
    Dave
     
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  2. Boycie
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    hiya,

    it's worth taking snap shots when training - one of the many benefits of using virtual machines. If you label them with relevant points in your studies, you can then revert back if you wish to do so.

    really, you should have removed the client from the domain, rebooted and then ran dcpromo on the domain controller to revert it to a member server.
     
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    As Boycie pointed out, for virtual pcs snapshots are your best friend. I usually take one right after installing the pc/server plus updates. That way I can revert back to a 'clean' machine without all the fuss.

    That said, you can try taking the client pc out of the domain. It might work, might not.

    Otherwise you could just scrap the client and install another one. :twisted: Could be quicker than messing around with it.
     
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  4. beaumontdvd

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    Thanks mate, is that possible on virtual pc? If so how? That would help a lot. Also is the 127.0.0.1 theory I mentioned above correct?

    Thanks sparky I will just redo the client to many settings to mess about with. running dc promo? When it's changed to a member server would that eliminate it having its on dhcp and dns ect.. as I read for the 270 a member server is similar to standalone server in a workgroup as it can be used as a file server?

    Thanks both of you, I really appreciate it.


    Dave
     
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  5. Boycie
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    If you are using Virtual pc you need to ensure the "undo disks" option is enabled before powering the virtual machine up. Once enabled, you will then have the option to "commit changes to disk" or "delete changes made since x time"

    127.0.0.1 will make the domain controller look at itself for name resolution, yes.

    A member server can have other roles such as dhcp etc.
     
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  6. beaumontdvd

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    Thanks mate thats everything I need to know. I will enable that now 8)

    Dave
     
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    The DNS you have at the moment will be okay if you don't need to connect to the internet (ie internal network only), otherwise you'll have to set the DNS forwarding to either your router or your ISP.
     
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  8. beaumontdvd

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    Ahhh that explains why I had no internet connection. I will try that now, thanks mate I was wondering why it was only internal.

    Dave
     
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  9. nugget
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    No problem. Usually happens when you run the dcpromo wizard and choose to configure dns forwarding later.
     
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  10. beaumontdvd

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    oh right, thanks for your help everyone much appreciated. I've learn so much today on Server 03 and most of it is thanks to everyone on CF.

    Thanks!

    Dave
     
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