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Discussion in 'Networking' started by DustySlider, Jun 28, 2004.

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  1. DustySlider

    DustySlider Thread Starter

    Apr 30, 2004
    Seemingly huge problem seeking a possibly easy solution.

    Ok. Background is our network runs on MS Small Business Server 2000. Users and computers were set up on Active Directory running a domain. A few weeks ago our server got hit with a virus that caused us to do a full reinstall. Active Directory was rebuilt from the ground up. Easy part was adding all the users again. Problem now is that none of the computers are registering on Active Directory.

    Easy fix was to unjoin the domain and rejoin it. Solution works, but problem is that it creates a new user profile instead of using the one that was in there already. Tried to switch names (rename the new user profile to something else, rename the old user profile to the new one) but every time I logged in afterwards it created another new profile. Also tried to add the computer name to Active Directory, but that did no good either.

    Anybody else have a better idea? I'd rather not unjoin and rejoin every single workstation and also migrate every single user profile on every single workstation to the new profile.
  2. skinnywhiteboy


    Jan 26, 2001
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    Sorry dude. You have to to rejoin all computers to the domain. There's no way around that. In the future, you can copy everyone's profiles to the server and when you recreate their user account, just set their profile to Roaming so their old profiles propagate down to their computers. Then you can set it back to local if you like. The reason why their old profiles won't work is because the security identifyers are different. Every user has one. Even if you reinstall Active Directory with the same configuration as before, it won't matter.

    If you go into your profiles tab on one of the computers, it will most like say "Account Unknown."
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