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  • Please help me in fixing this DC problem

    Hi,

    I have 2 DC's and 12 servers in my network. ( Windows 2003 network)
    DC1 ( first domain controller)
    DC2 ( second domain controller)

    DC1 is having hardware problems. So i want to take it out of the network for maintenance... what's the best procedure?

    i actually kept DC1 offline for a while to check the network access n all... some of the users are not able to login.. mainly exchange server users.

    is there anyway that DC2 can takeup DC1 role. if so how to

    Please do help me

    Regards,
    Raja

  • #2
    Re: Please help me in fixing this DC problem

    You should make DC2 a GC if it is not already. You should then transfer the FSMO roles to DC2. After that you can demote DC1. Exchange will take care of itself after you perform the steps above.

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    • #3
      Re: Please help me in fixing this DC problem

      Thanks for the prompt reply

      after hardware maintenance can i bring DC1 back?
      or going to be a problem?

      Thanks inadvance

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      • #4
        Re: Please help me in fixing this DC problem

        If the demotion is successfull then you can otherwise you need to clean the metadata for DC1 first.

        Regards,
        Kapil Sharma
        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        Life is too short, Enjoy It.

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        • #5
          Re: Please help me in fixing this DC problem

          If it is a simple hardware error, just make sure the other one is a GC. FSMO roles could be moved as well.

          Then when the DC1 is repaired, just bring it back online, it will sync with the other DC and become up to date. then you can move fsmo roles back if you wish so.
          VCP on vSphere (4), MCITP:EA/DBA, MCTS:Blahblah

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