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    I set up a 2003 server as part of a network with a 2000 server running AD. All good. The client's then decided to split the two, use a different domain so I removed the 2003 server from the domain and followed "How do I install AD on W.S.2003 server". Everything works well untill I run dcpromo or add AD using the "Manage your server". I suspect a DNS issue but can't find it as I think if I remove DNS the computer runns properly but of course I have to add external DNS to the NIC. On the other hand add DNS server and before adding AD it works great. There are two NICs, I've tried with both and with internal disabled. Been using domain.local as name, domain.com exists elsewhere.

    After adding AD the reboot will spend 3 hours on "Applying computer settings..." After admin login if I go near the NICs through control panel everything stops. I can only continue by calling up Task Manager, starting a CMD window type of thing. Even shutdown takes hours. I've taken DNS and AD off a number of times and reinstalled, no change (what would Einstein say)

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Paul

  • #2
    Re: dcpromo, then everything is slow

    Try running netdiag and dcdiag from the windows 2003 support tools (Located on the Windows 2003 Server Media) and post back the results as attachements. I always run these two tools after promoting a DC as they check for potential issues.

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    • #3
      Re: dcpromo, then everything is slow

      Thanks Michael,
      netdiag puts dots half way across the screen and stays there.
      netdiag /v /l /test:dsgetdc - everything passes
      dcdiag - also passes all the way down

      Before upgrading to DC I had everything running, including DNS and it was great. After running dcpromo it asks to reboot,

      The CONNECTIVITY icon in the Systray never comes back after reboot ( I think it will if I DCPROMO out of DC/AD )

      now I am able to ping:
      locally - 192.168.0.x
      locally - domain.local
      router - 192.168.0.1
      modem - isp assigned static ip
      outside - domain.com
      google - google.com

      It all works, but when I bring up IE to go to google it stays blank

      Put in google's ip address also remains blank, but I can ping by name or number

      If I go to the control panel everything works EXCEPT if I click on Network Connections - it does not come up and the whole Start Menu locks on, the START button is "IN", does not come back up. If I want to start anything now I have to use a desktop icon or bring up Task Manager/File/New Task

      I don't know what else to add, we'll leave it at this.

      Thanks again

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      • #4
        Re: dcpromo, then everything is slow

        One more detail.

        The server sees all the workstations (ping)
        The workstations can not see the server, by ping, by domain.local, not at all.

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        • #5
          Re: dcpromo, then everything is slow

          Does this server have SP2 on it? Have you updated your NIC drivers? Have you knocked off all the RSS settings? Have you installed all the lastest patches (especially those after SP2)?
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          • #6
            Re: dcpromo, then everything is slow

            I think so (I'm not there right now). What has me confused is that everything was great before I promoted it to Domain Controller. It is almost as if a firewall installed with DCPROMO that is blocking communications and the whole server gets hung up when I try to communicate via TCP/IP or access the settings.

            Possibly I killed a necessary process along the way. I had it set up on the old domain perfectly, part of domain1.com with old server as DC with AD, then promoted it to DC/AD seperately (we are not keeping the old server) to replace domain1.com server. Then I was asked to make it domain2.com (they are leaving, we need a new name) so I removed the domain name (DCPROMO to remove AD) and then promoted it to DC under a new name. All this does not sound like a good thing to do with Microsoft programing.

            I wonder if there might be a wrong setting left in the registry that works only on a DC so if it is a Workgroup it ignores it and everything works. Promote it to DC and it starts to trip over this detail? Something blocking communications even though name resolution and ping work outbound. Bootup tries to communicate so it sits there for hours, IE same, go to network settings same. I don't see any problem in the logs. I'm stumped.

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            • #7
              Re: dcpromo, then everything is slow

              Post an "ipconfig /all" please
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              • #8
                Re: dcpromo, then everything is slow

                To save this I copied it to notepad made shared folder on 100 called junk and saved notepad to
                \\192.168.0.100\junk\ipconfig.txt - instantly, but 100 can not see 10, the server.
                Thanks


                C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>ipconfig /all

                Windows IP Configuration

                Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : pxxxxxxsrv
                Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . : pxxxxxxca.local
                Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
                IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
                WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
                DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : pxxxxxxca.local

                Ethernet adapter WAN - Local Area Connection:

                Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
                Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom BCM5708C NetXtreme II GigE (NDIS VBD Client) #2
                Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1C-23-BE-2D-EB
                DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
                IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.10
                Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
                Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
                DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.10
                Primary WINS Server . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.10

                C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>

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                • #9
                  Re: dcpromo, then everything is slow

                  I may have found the problem but I don't understand it. Sorry this is long but, in short ipconfig /displaydns did not include the server (see below), I ran /registerdns and then after 10 minutes /displaydns got long (again see below)and looked good, but I don't think it changed functionality, a few minutes later /displaydns is back to the short version. What am I missing? Please see notes at the bottom.

                  In the beginning:
                  C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>ipconfig /displaydns

                  Windows IP Configuration

                  1.0.0.127.in-addr.arpa
                  ----------------------------------------
                  Record Name . . . . . : 1.0.0.127.in-addr.arpa.
                  Record Type . . . . . : 12
                  Time To Live . . . . : 260853
                  Data Length . . . . . : 4
                  Section . . . . . . . : Answer
                  PTR Record . . . . . : localhost

                  localhost
                  ----------------------------------------
                  Record Name . . . . . : localhost
                  Record Type . . . . . : 1
                  Time To Live . . . . : 260853
                  Data Length . . . . . : 4
                  Section . . . . . . . : Answer
                  A (Host) Record . . . : 127.0.0.1

                  After /registerdns:
                  C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>ipconfig /displaydns

                  Windows IP Configuration

                  _ldap._tcp.1fb28885-cc63-4691-8bbf-a3e0920d21f4.domains._msdcs.pxxxxxxca.loc
                  al
                  ----------------------------------------
                  Record Name . . . . . : _ldap._tcp.1fb28885-cc63-4691-8bbf-a3e0920d21f4.domains._msdcs.pxxxxxxca.local
                  Record Type . . . . . : 33
                  Time To Live . . . . : 194
                  Data Length . . . . . : 12
                  Section . . . . . . . : Answer
                  SRV Record . . . . . : pxxxxxxsrv.pxxxxxxca.local
                  0
                  100
                  389


                  Record Name . . . . . : pxxxxxxsrv.pxxxxxxca.local
                  Record Type . . . . . : 1
                  Time To Live . . . . : 194
                  Data Length . . . . . : 4
                  Section . . . . . . . : Additional
                  A (Host) Record . . . : 192.168.0.10


                  1.0.0.127.in-addr.arpa
                  ----------------------------------------
                  Record Name . . . . . : 1.0.0.127.in-addr.arpa.
                  Record Type . . . . . : 12
                  Time To Live . . . . : 259468
                  Data Length . . . . . : 4
                  Section . . . . . . . : Answer
                  PTR Record . . . . . : localhost


                  _ldap._tcp.default-first-site-name._sites.dc._msdcs.pxxxxxxca.local
                  ----------------------------------------
                  Record Name . . . . . : _ldap._tcp.Default-First-Site-Name._sites.dc._msdcs.pxxxxxxca.local
                  Record Type . . . . . : 33
                  Time To Live . . . . : 193
                  Data Length . . . . . : 12
                  Section . . . . . . . : Answer
                  SRV Record . . . . . : pxxxxxxsrv.pxxxxxxca.local
                  0
                  100
                  389


                  Record Name . . . . . : pxxxxxxsrv.pxxxxxxca.local
                  Record Type . . . . . : 1
                  Time To Live . . . . : 193
                  Data Length . . . . . : 4
                  Section . . . . . . . : Additional
                  A (Host) Record . . . : 192.168.0.10


                  _ldap._tcp.dc._msdcs.pxxxxxxca.local
                  ----------------------------------------
                  Record Name . . . . . : _ldap._tcp.dc._msdcs.pxxxxxxca.local
                  Record Type . . . . . : 33
                  Time To Live . . . . : 194
                  Data Length . . . . . : 12
                  Section . . . . . . . : Answer
                  SRV Record . . . . . : pxxxxxxsrv.pxxxxxxca.local
                  0
                  100
                  389


                  Record Name . . . . . : pxxxxxxsrv.pxxxxxxca.local
                  Record Type . . . . . : 1
                  Time To Live . . . . : 194
                  Data Length . . . . . : 4
                  Section . . . . . . . : Additional
                  A (Host) Record . . . : 192.168.0.10


                  pxxxxxxsrv.pxxxxxxca.local
                  ----------------------------------------
                  Record Name . . . . . : pxxxxxxsrv.pxxxxxxca.local
                  Record Type . . . . . : 1
                  Time To Live . . . . : 194
                  Data Length . . . . . : 4
                  Section . . . . . . . : Answer
                  A (Host) Record . . . : 192.168.0.10


                  localhost
                  ----------------------------------------
                  Record Name . . . . . : localhost
                  Record Type . . . . . : 1
                  Time To Live . . . . : 259468
                  Data Length . . . . . : 4
                  Section . . . . . . . : Answer
                  A (Host) Record . . . : 127.0.0.1

                  And then it went back to the short version by itself? All the while the server can ping any name on the web and it resolves (using the ISP DNS in the DNS Server setup). Workstations are on the web because I can not point the DNS To 192.168.0.10 as I would like to, they are using 192.168.0.1, the router.
                  Maybe I should try puting the ISP DNS on the srver NIC directly, but that does not make sense to me. I do have two NIC but since I didn't see any reason to put workstations on 192.168.10.x and pass all internet traffic through the server I disabled the second and put all users on the same subnet with the server and the router.

                  Thanks again
                  Paul

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                  • #10
                    Re: dcpromo, then everything is slow

                    The servers NIC looks setup correctly. Workstations should also be using the server as their DNS. Why can you not set this up?
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                    • #11
                      Re: dcpromo, then everything is slow

                      The server does everything after I install DNS Server, I can browse the internet see everything, the workstations can map to it using the DNS. After I run DCPROMO the server will not browse, although I can PING. the workstations can not see it, at all. It is as if a firewall was erected. I wonder if there is something left over from a previous AD/DC setting (remember I had to change the name a couple of times) that is confusing it.

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