DNS console not shown on Windows 2003 DC

Discussion in 'DNS Server' started by Kenneth, Nov 9, 2006.

  1. Kenneth

    Kenneth Guest

    I have successfully upgraded my Windows NT4 PDC to Windows 2003 DC (NTPDC). I
    setup a new server, name W2k3DC, set it as the Global Catelog Server and have
    FSMO transfered from NTPDC.

    I have 2 questions:

    Previously from NTPDC, after I do a DCPROMO and where the DNS is configured
    I am able to see the DNS settings from the 'Administrative Tools --> DNS. I
    do not see the option to view the DNS from W2K3DC ? Do I need to install and
    reconfigure DNS on W2k3DC ?

    Do I need to run a DCPROMO on NTPDC to decommission the Server ? I have read
    about it on some forum to decommission it ? Can't I just keep it offline or
    simplily format it ? When I try to run DCPROMO on NTPDC, it prompt me that

    The operation failed because:

    A domain controller could not be contacted for the domain 'ntdomain.com'
    that contained an
    account for this computer.
    Make the computer a member of a workgroup then rejoin the domain before
    retrying the promotion.

    "The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted."
    Kenneth, Nov 9, 2006
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  2. Kenneth

    Herb Martin Guest

    Yes. DNS service is not auto-installed by default.
    IF you wish to make it a non-DC or take it offline this
    is the best way.

    You need to also make sure the new DC is also a DNS
    server first. (DC, GC, FSMO, DNS, and probably WINS
    servers need to available after the demotion.)
    No, because it will leave a ghost DC object in the AD
    which will (eventually) need to be cleaned up.

    It is not a catastrophy if you don't do this but it will
    require more work sooner or later.
    You have DNS troubles.

    Most likely the NEW DC is not registering itself with the
    DNS dynamically.

    Check the CLIENT NIC->IP properties and ensure that the
    (all) DC is using STRICTLY the internal DNS that knows
    about the first DC.
    That indicates the machine is NOT a DC so presumably
    you already demoted it (if it was the DC previously.)
    Herb Martin, Nov 9, 2006
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