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How can I force AD Users and Computers to open another DC?

When opening Active Directory Users and Computers, it defaults to the correct domain but opens to a domain controller at a distant site.

When opening Active Directory Users and Computers, it defaults to the correct domain but opens to a domain controller at a distant site. I want to choose which domain controller it attaches to and be able to save the setting, so it will be the same domain controller every time I open the tool.
  1. Click Start -> Run -> MMC.
  2. Click Console -> Add Remove Snap-ins.
  3. Click Add.
  4. Select the Active Directory Users and Computers.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Right-click on the domain name.
  7. Click "Connect to Domain Controller..."
  8. Select the domain controller you would like it to connect to.
  9. Click OK.
  10. Click on Console and click Save As.
  11. Select a name and paste the shortcut on your desktop or wherever.

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Recovering domain controllers after a server disk failure When recovering domain controllers after a system volume failure, it is important to remember that each domain controller in the domain shares a replicated copy of the Active Directory database. When you restore a backup of a domain controller, Windows will use a process called backfilling to bring the domain controller's Active Directory database back up to date. Essentially, this means looking at the most recent change that was made to the newly restored domain controller's copy of the Active Directory database and then replicating all subsequent changes from another domain controller. The backfilling process happens automatically, so you don't have to do anything except wait for it to complete. There are, however, a couple of situations in which a normal domain controller restoration is not an option. Learn special procedures for recovering domain controllers in this tip.

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