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The RPC server is unavailable

Posted on 2003-12-05
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      I hit a wall using the ntdsutil.exe to seize the fsmo to a domain controller, I recieve the following message after I try to connect to server (put in the domain controller that is online which I want to transfer the operation master role to)

The RPC server is unavailable

what should I do next?
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Question by:Jreyestrevor2
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by:BloodRed
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Is the network connection good?  Can you ping the server?  Are you attempting to connect via IP or DNS name?  Is the Remote Procedure Call service started on the remote system?  Are you trying to sieze all roles or just a particular one?  Have you tried seizing the roles usingthe AD User and Computer, Domains and Trusts, and AD Schema MMC snap-ins?
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Luc Franken earned 500 total points
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Hi Jreyestrevor2,

You might want to take a look at:
Troubleshooting "RPC Server is Unavailable" in Windows
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=http://support.microsoft.com:80/support/kb/articles/q224/3/70.asp&NoWebContent=1

Greetings,

LucF
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by:Casca1
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Have you rebooted the server and gone into Directory restore mode? If so, reboot, and run the util from a command prompt.
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by:KingHollis
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1. Check your DNS settings to make sure that all SRV records exist for this new server.
2. Ensure that enough time has passed to allow proper replication within AD to acknowledge the new server's presence.
3. If you are siezing, the other DC must be offline? Inop? If not and the other is online, try transferring the role to the new DC from the old instead of siezing. You can still use NTDSUtil for this.
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by:Luc Franken
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I think I gave enough info to get this problem solved
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by:BloodRed
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LucF probably did provide enough info to solve it, but it would be nice to hear what the issue turned out to be....
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by:Luc Franken
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I also really want to know that, but as Jreyestrevor2 has three open questions all of wich have been abandoned, I don't think we will get a responce this time... :-(
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