Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Adventures in Bare Metal Recovery

I've worked my way through several Bare Metal Recoveries before, including physical to virtual conversions, but this is the first time this has happened to me.  The fact that the server has been unable to contact the domain may have been a pre-existing condition which was further exasperated by a nasty malware infection.

This is a handy tool, if your server in question is a Domain Controller:
netdom resetpwd /server:server_name /userd:domain_name\administrator /passwordd:administrator_password
But if it's not, a tiny note on this page explains that:
Note: This method only works for DC. If it’s member server, we have to disjoin and rejoin domain.
And I was stuck with a member server.  Thankfully its services recovered after rejoining the domain without too much hacking.  A few updates later and we were back on track.

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