Can't connect to Domain

By zynizen
Dec 1, 2008
  1. I had a SBS 2003 Server running with a DC mydomain.local

    About 20 computers have been joined to it, and now I'm ready to switch the server to a new box with a server 2008 install in it. Can i simply re-create the domain controller on it, and call it mydomain.local and the clients will be able to connect?

    I tried doing this in a test lab environment and it wouldn't connect, what's the easiest way for clients to authenticate on a new domain but with the same name as the old one?

  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,128   +982

    yes this should work as you desire -- EXCEPT

    the system hosting the DNS for mydomain.local needs the new systems IP address
    for mydomain.local.

    Once the DNS is updated, your clients should be able to connect to the new system.

    The tricky part is to flush the dns cache on all clients after the DNS system is updated.
  3. zynizen

    zynizen TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 56

    oh ok. So in the new server I should already have it's own A record, and PTR right. Since essentially its 1 server. mydomain.local just needs to repopulate itself? oh, flushing the dns on the clients, actually I didn't do that when joining my XP tester.

    thanks I'll give it a try
  4. gguerra

    gguerra TS Guru Posts: 319

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