DCPROMO seems to be stuck - Windows Server 2008 R2

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by boe, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. Ok, but just keep in mind the DHCP CLient (not the server service) is
    required on all machines, or registration and name lookups will be disabled.
    I've seen IT folks disable it thinking they didn't need it because the
    machine has a fixed IP, but like I said, it's a misnomer. I think this
    service should be called the DNS Dynamic Registration and Client Side
    Resolver Service.


    Ace Fekay [MCT], Oct 25, 2009
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  2. boe

    boe Guest

    LOL - OK - I'll try to remember it. Frankly I'm a pretty vanilla kind of
    guy. If the system works I don't change a lot of MS defaults for services.
    If something doesn't work properly I might set something for delayed but
    usually when I initially set up a system everything is the default and I'm
    pretty sure dhcp client is on by default.
    boe, Oct 25, 2009
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  3. Cool. Now back to the issue. I'm at a loss at this point. Have you tried
    anything new?

    Ace Fekay [MCT], Oct 26, 2009
  4. What does debug/dcpromo.log and debug/Netlogon.log have in it?

    When you disabled IPv6 did you disable toreno?

    Paul Bergson
    MVP - Directory Services
    MCTS, MCT, MCSE, MCSA, Security+, BS CSci
    2008, 2003, 2000 (Early Achiever), NT4
    Microsoft's Thrive IT Pro of the Month - June 2009


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    Paul Bergson [MVP-DS], Oct 26, 2009
  5. boe

    boe Guest

    I'm at a loss - short of hiring a Shaman I'm about ready to admit defeat.
    I'm pretty sure now it has to do with the processor or the motherboard
    perhaps a built in USB port or some such thing - I'll just have to run
    virtual 2008R2 on top of 2008R2 if I want to run dcpromo.
    boe, Oct 26, 2009

  6. I had to look up Shaman - in short, a healer! Witch doctor? Reminds me of
    Gilligan's Island. :)

    I would just do that, run it in a VM for now. You can use the host as a
    file/print or whatever else server, but as for a DC, since it's just
    authenticating, etc, it wouldn't hurt to keep it in a VM.

    Curious if you had another new server laying around (like everyone has one
    in their closet!) to try it on and see if it works.

    Ace Fekay [MCT], Oct 26, 2009
  7. boe

    boe Guest

    He's typically the medicine man for American Indians. Sometimes said to
    have spiritual powers. - Sorry for the odd reference. Denver Airport
    hired one to fix their screwed up baggage handling system. They were
    pretty sure it was caused by bad juju

    If I get overly ambitious I'll set it up on my main PC this weekend - I'm
    willing to be it will work but I could be wrong.
    boe, Oct 26, 2009
  8. No problem about the reference. I just didn't know what it meant and had to
    look it up. My reference to Gilligan's Island was in jest and hopefully not
    taken any other way.

    Then again, I can save you time and money and send you some magical pixie
    dust to sprinkle over it.

    And I'm willing to bet your PC will work. :-

    Ace Fekay [MCT], Oct 26, 2009
  9. boe

    boe Guest

    Nothing wrong with referencing Giligan's Island - my friends and I still
    quote Thurston - "heavens, he must be a Yale man!"
    boe, Oct 26, 2009

  10. I remember that! LOL. Good ole' Thurston the Harvard man. :) I used to
    watch the reruns when I was a kid. I liked the one with the radioactive
    fruit and vegetable crate showed up. Gilligan ate the spinach and was able
    to pick up tree trunks! :)

    Anyway, back to the issue. So what are your plans? To install it into a
    virtual machine?

    Ace Fekay [MCT], Oct 27, 2009
  11. boe

    boe Guest

    My plans are to hook up with MaryAnne. After that, give the Skipper a box
    of nails made of plastique and watch the fun.

    Seriously though, I'm just going to accept (for now) that there is a
    hardware compatibility issue with my system and 2008 R2. I would imagine
    any client I set this up for will have a poweredge made in the last 3 years
    and I'm sure they'll make whatever bios updates necessary to resolve the
    issue or MS will have a patch. I can't imagine too many people are using
    desktops as servers so the fault lies with myself, not in my stars.

    I appreciate the tips and I think we've exhausted all possible solutions.
    Since it was a test platform for me to review R2 and Exchange 2010 I've seen
    what I need to. I am seeing some glitches between the two so I don't think
    they are quite ready for prime time but I think it will be ready in a couple
    of months. Unfortunately glitches aside, I'll admit out of all the
    features I was hoping for in Exchange 2010 - mailbox sizes in the EMC gui
    was at the top of the list - very saddened they didn't put it back in. And
    I doubt it will be back even when SP2 comes out for 2010. There are a few
    new features in 2010 I like but for some reason so many things weren't
    thought out it really boggles the brain. Like calendar and contacts
    sharing in the EMC- they only put in half the equation - whose calendars are
    shared - but they forgot to set viewable by whom as modifiable - it is all
    or nothing - tragic. My needs for the OS are fewer - speed, security and
    speed - did I mention speed? (sure I want DHCP, ADS, DNS, GP, etc - I'm
    pretty happy with R2 so not much to say). Exchange 2010 however they
    create archives - great idea! But they keep the archives in the same
    database as the user database - WTF!?! They add in message threading in
    the OWA- GREAT! However they take away the option to view messages at the
    bottom which I would say more that 80% of the clients I support prefer.

    Why must MS always take away a feature for every couple of features they
    add? They only alienate their own clients. It's like the ribbon in
    Office 2007 - I have no problem with using the ribbon but nearly half my
    clients don't want Office 2007 because they don't want to learn how to find
    what they've been using for 15 years all over again. MS could have just
    offered an option on install - classic or ribbon. MS sales are down not
    because of the economy but because MS won't listen. The adds for Windows 7
    make it sound like MS listens - I'd love to see MS execs post here/technet
    saying we'd like the MVPs to send us their top 15 issues with the product
    you field questions for. No confinement whatsoever - free form your answer
    and we'll actually have our engineers read the responses. I beta tested
    Vista for MS - not one of the survey's I filled out ever let me freeform an
    answer so I couldn't just say - it is SLOW, it eats up video memory, network
    performance is wretched... Instead I filled out useful questions like from
    1 to 5 - 1 being very good to 5 being perfect - how would you rate the start
    menu. It was like they were asking survey questions that could only tell
    them they were doing a great job.
    boe, Oct 27, 2009
  12. boe

    boe Guest

    Once I actually run DCPROMO, I can never get my system to boot, even with
    save/recovery/disable sigs.
    boe, Oct 27, 2009
  13. Are you able to go back and look at the logs I pointed to earlier or the
    Event logs? This should give you some type of clue.

    Paul Bergson
    MVP - Directory Services
    MCTS, MCT, MCSE, MCSA, Security+, BS CSci
    2008, 2003, 2000 (Early Achiever), NT4
    Microsoft's Thrive IT Pro of the Month - June 2009


    Please no e-mails, any questions should be posted in the NewsGroup This
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    Paul Bergson [MVP-DS], Oct 27, 2009
  14. That was a good [email protected] LOL!
    All of my customers are using Dell PEs, of course with my recommendations,
    except for one, which already had two HPs in place. However, I don't have an
    additional one at this time to test a 2008 R2 installation on one of them.
    I think Exchange 2010 is ready, however I have not tested 2008 R2 yet.
    Power Shell!! :)
    Power Shell, again! You can creat scripts to pull that data, but I know you
    already know that. :)
    I can understand some of the give and take (compromises) that we will all be
    going through.

    Have you thought about posting some of these gripes/observations to the
    Exchange newsgroups?
    I like Office 2007, however I'm not thrilled about Vista. I mean I teach the
    Vista courses, etc, but that's my own personal opinion. I do however, like
    Windows 7. I just setup a 7 box for a customer and using XP Mode. Pretty

    Ace Fekay [MCT], Oct 27, 2009
  15. boe

    boe Guest

    Yep - posted these request when I beta tested Exchange 2007. And put the
    new requests such as who gets access to whose calendars for 2010 in the
    technet forums.

    I have to be honest - I HATE powershell. I have a very bad memory so
    clicking through a gui to see mailbox sizes in 2003 was wonderful. Now I
    have to put the command for it in my knowledgebase and look it up every time
    I want to look - which I don't do as often since I have to look up the
    command just to do it :) I see no reason not to leave that function in the
    GUI. I've seen a ton of posts on the same thing - unfortunately getting
    MS's attention is difficult. I often can't figure out the object of the
    command I'm supposed to enter - one of the reasons I like GUI so much - I
    don't have to figure out what the identity or whatever the command needs is.
    I suppose if all I did was administer servers I'd probably get more
    comfortable with it but I have a few thousand workstations, several hundred
    phones, billing, meetings etc. to deal with. If I had a better memory that
    would help me a lot too :) I guess MS doesn't really think about it from
    the point of view of multiple hat administrators but it seems like we are
    the ones who post the most about how much we hate powershell. I realize
    the new DOS commands are all powerful new features according to MS but I
    consider them just MS's way of saying - hey it was too much work and we
    didn't get a chance to finish the GUI so you can just learn how to do what
    you used to be able to do with a mouse click by typing tons of code - enjoy!

    I do appreciate the time you took trying to help me with this issue.

    Likewise on the PE - they are pretty much the only server I recommend. A
    university I sometimes work for often buys the servers before I recommend
    them so I have to deal with HPs as well but I prefer Dell's. Probably
    partially because I hated Compaq servers and associate the two :)
    boe, Oct 28, 2009
  16. I have a script/command archive going that has been building up in the
    almost past two years, that I have to look back everytime I need a command
    with it's syntax. I also have a 'diagnostic logging' PS script, that allows
    to set diag logging on a server. When run, a popup shows up that looks like
    Exchange 2003's diagnotic logging tab in server properties. It's 257k. If
    you like a copy, email me. Too large to post here.

    Hang in there with the scripting. Unfortunately you will have to get used to
    it! :)

    And I agree, I did not like Compaq either, and I seem to picture an
    association with HP and Compaq now. Dells are easy to work on, and reliable.

    Ace Fekay [MCT], Oct 28, 2009
  17. boe

    boe Guest

    No, I'm afraid I can't.

    boe, Oct 28, 2009
  18. I second Meinolf's suggestion. This thread is old with numerous posts. It is
    to your benefit to start a new thread with what you posted above, as well as
    offering ipconfig /all information, posting any Event log errors, and
    running a "net start" to help us evaluate the issue.


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    Ace Fekay [MCT], Dec 9, 2009
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