Running NTDSUTIL in Directory Services Restore mode - should be connected or NOT connected to the ne

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Spin, Jul 4, 2004.

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    Spin Guest


    I have been studying Windows Server 2003. Say you have an operations master
    which is off-line due to a lengthy hardware failure, such as the Schema
    Master, and you want to seize that role onto another DC. Two questions:

    1) To seize the role, one needs to restart a DC in Directory Services
    Restore mode and run NTDSUTIL, correct?
    2) And when one runs NTDSUTIL on the DC in Directory Services Restore mode,
    should the DC itself be connected or NOT connected to the network?
    Spin, Jul 4, 2004
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    Miha Pihler Guest


    There is no need to go to Directory Services Restore mode for this task. You
    also want to be on-line with DC. The DC on which you will perform operation
    master seizure will first try to transfer the role. Since it won't be able
    to contact DC that had this roles till now, it will seize them (one at the
    time as you put in the commands) and notify any other DC running in

    Miha Pihler, Jul 4, 2004
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    Spin Guest

    And I take it one does not need to use NTDSUTIL either, correct?
    Spin, Jul 4, 2004
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    Miha Pihler Guest

    Wrong again. I guess you will have to study harder ;-)

    Miha Pihler, Jul 4, 2004
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    Spin Guest

    Yeah, you can use AD GUI utilities for that!!

    Spin, Jul 4, 2004
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    Miha Pihler Guest

    Yes, you are right, you can use GUI. Actually you have to use 3 different
    ones to transfer 5 roles. Personally I much rather use ntdsutil.

    Miha Pihler, Jul 4, 2004
  7. Yes you do need to use the NTDSUTIL command it is this that allows you to
    seize the role.
    Have a look at al the parameters and options of the ntdsutil command. It has
    many uses such as management of the AD files, Operations Master management
    and also recover and authoritative restore options.



    Mike Brannigan [Microsoft]

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    Mike Brannigan [MSFT], Jul 4, 2004
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