first win2k domain controller in forest down and inaccessible

Discussion in 'Server Setup' started by JA, Dec 2, 2003.

  1. JA

    JA Guest

    HELP!!!!! the very first windows 2000 server in my domain or forest is down
    and inaccessible. because its the first win2000 server, its also my domain
    controller and global catalog server. and i believe because its the first,
    also the domain naming master, relative identifier master, and
    master? i'm not sure about this though.

    i have another server that is up and running and is a domain controller and
    also a global
    catalog server.

    if the original domain controller/global catalog server is down, shouldn't
    second dc/gc server handle all logon authentications? doesn't seem to be
    that, or it takes a very long time before it logs on.

    when i am logged onto the second dc/gc server and i try to click on active
    sites and services, i get an error:
    Naming information cannot be located because:
    The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted.

    but it seems like when i right mouse click and select "connect to domain
    controller" and
    put in the 2nd dc server's name in the change to box, i can connect.

    also, and the most critical is that my exchange 2000 server doesn't start.
    its probably thinks
    that the domain cannot be contacted.

    do i need to transfer or seize the domain naming master, relative identifier
    master and/or the
    infrastructure master from the 1st dc/gc server which is down, and move it
    to the second
    server? the 1st server is only temporarily down because of a
    failed/corrupted hard drive that needs
    to be replace. and then it should be back in service. ANY help would be very
    much appreciated!!!!
    i need at least for exchange to be operational.

    JA, Dec 2, 2003
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  2. Start by using this article to seize the FSMO roles:
    255504 Using Ntdsutil.exe to Seize or Transfer FSMO Roles to a Domain

    Simon Walsh
    Exchange Server Support
    Simon Walsh [MSFT], Dec 2, 2003
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  3. JA

    JA Guest

    thanks for the reply!

    one more question, once i seize all the roles to the new domain controller,
    what happens when
    i bring the original domain controller who originally held all those roles
    back online? i noticed
    in the article that it says

    "Only seize the FSMO roles to the remaining Active Directory domain
    controllers if you are removing the FSMO role holder from the domain or
    JA, Dec 2, 2003
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