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    Hello everyone!

    My name is Tommy and I want to introduce myself to the community.


    I am currently building two domain contollers to take the place of the old ones I have. I know I need to tranfer FSMO rules and DHCP is there anything else?

    Can I transfer FSMO rules in an active environment during the day? Or does it have to be an off hours project? It doesn't seem that complicated but I just want to be sure I am not missing any steps.

    Any remarks or advise is greatly appreciated.

  • #2
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    I would do it after hours. I don't think there is anything else you would need to do,

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    • #3
      Re: New Domain Controller

      Make sure you get DNS working:

      http://support.microsoft.com/kb/323383

      RRAS?WINS?

      Exchange server?

      I have transferred roles live, but IO would recommend doing it after hours it takes about 5 minutes. Petri has a great article howto do all the roles.
      What do I know, I am only 26.

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      • #4
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        What about Global Catalog? How do I transfer that?

        Thank you for your advise I am definitely going to do it after hours.

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        • #5
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          I would recmommend putting the roles on the DC and not the GC if you are going to have two DC'S.

          How-to Create a GC:
          From a domain controller click Start, then click Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Sites and Services.

          In the console double-click Default-First-Site-Name.
          Double-click Servers and then double-click on the server that you want to act as a global catalog.

          Right-click on NTDS Settings below that server and select Properties
          On the General tab, check the Global Catalog box to assign the role of global catalog to this server.

          Restart the server.
          What do I know, I am only 26.

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          • #6
            Re: New Domain Controller

            Great information thank you very much.

            Now do both domain controllers need to have global catalog? And is it better to have 1 server running all of the FSMO rules or both?

            TY

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            • #7
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              Only one needs to be a GC per location. one server running FSMO

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              • #8
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                Ok great! I will make one DC run FSMO and the other run Global Catalog.


                The only other concern I have is Exchange. Right now I have a server that is a DC and it also has exchange running on it. I am unsure what I need to do to keep exchange from breaking. I am going to uninstall AD on that server when my two new DC's are running FSMO and Global Catalog and then Im going to DC Promo down that server so it will just be a windows server running exchange 2007. I am just very afraid of what might happen to exchange when I do this. I guess there is somewhere in the management that points exchange to AD but I am unsure.

                Can anyone shed some light on this.

                Thanks for all your comments and advise all the feedback has been very useful.

                Tommy

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                • #9
                  Re: New Domain Controller

                  You cannot demote a DC with Exchange on it.

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                  • #10
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                    either keep the exchange server how it is and dont touch it, or move it to another server. Seembe has a great article on moving to a different server.

                    http://www.amset.info/exchange/migration.asp
                    What do I know, I am only 26.

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                    • #11
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                      So if a Domain Controller has Exchange on it you can't demote it?

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                      • #12
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                        Yes you can but it will break exchange in a big way.


                        Tom
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                        Anything you say will be misquoted and used against you

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                        • #13
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                          That is unfortunate. I am moving to a hosted exchange environment so I will wait until all my mailboxes are set up. How does it break Exchange if you DC promo down a DC that Exchange is installed on? I totally believe that it would, I am just trying to understand why.

                          Thank you,
                          Tommy

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                          • #14
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                            No idea; I am repeating what I have heard here; maybe this will help?

                            http://support.microsoft.com/search/...=1&spid=global


                            Tom
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                            Anything you say will be misquoted and used against you

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                            • #15
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                              exchage 2003 or exchange 2007 running on domain controller....

                              http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...EXCHG.80).aspx
                              rgds

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