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  • FSMO role & GC question...

    Hi all

    We are (slowly) moving to Windows 2003 Server. I am moving our FMSO roles over from our first DC in the domain to a new Windows 2003 server. I was planning on making it a GC as well until i read:

    "The Infrastructure Master (IM) role should be held by a domain controller that is not a Global Catalog server (GC)." in http://www.petri.com/understanding_fsmo_roles_in_ad.htm

    As i have just moved all 5 roles over and we will only have 2 DC's in then end and we run exchange and when i demote the other server and format it we wont have a GC... what should i do?

    Thanks

    EDIT: Ive just checked and my previous infrastructure master was a GC... im confused now.
    Server 2000 MCP
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    Making a GC also an IM is only an issue in multi-domain forest.
    The reason for that is that IM is responsible for creating/maintaining "phantom objects" and especially phantoms that reference objects in other domains in the forest.

    More info here: http://support.microsoft.com/?id=248047

    Because in single-domain forest, no phantoms need to be created, it is ok to put the IM on a GC.
    Guy Teverovsky
    "Smith & Wesson - the original point and click interface"

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    • #3
      Cheers Guy you are a star!
      Server 2000 MCP
      Development: ASP, ASP.Net, PHP, VB, VB.Net, MySQL, MSSQL - Check out my blog http://tonyyeb.blogspot.com

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