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Windows 2000 / 2003 Domain Controllers

sheps11 asked
Last Modified: 2010-04-14
Hi Everyone

I've an SBS2000 and W2K3 Standard Edition Server, I have recently promoted the W2K3 Server to be the PDC - which it says it is in ADUC.  But on the SBS2000 server says there's an error with the Operations Master for RID, PDC and Infrastructure, saying there is an FSMO discrepancy.

Secondly, when I add new users to the ADUC - they aren't able to logon to any workstation!  Keeps saying the PW is incorrect.  I know the U/Name, Domain and PW are all correct - but still no joy!

Wondered if anyone had some ideas on this??
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when you promoted the newer server... did you add server to existing domain or did you create new domain?
It looks as if you have two domain servers and both think they are the only one for the domain.

in ADUC do you see the other server... check both servers.

Other member servers can join the SBS domain, but the SBS server won't join an existing domain or permit a second DC in the same domain for longer than is necessary to get the domain running.

It's an awnry critter!


I added the W2K3 server as a domain controller into the existing domain.

Then promoted it to be the PDC, RID and Infrastructure organization master.

My biggest problem is the adding of new users to AD and how they are unable to logon to the domain even though their details are all correct.

Any ideas??
sheps11, you cannot add another domain controller to an existing SBS environment-- You will have to perform a migration to a new domain where the W2k3 server is the DC.
You might try the Migration Pack for Small Business Server which effectively removes the limitations of SBS on the SBS box and licenses you for the applications installed. It would then be a Standard Windows 2000 Server. Then you could add the new 2003 DC, transfer all FSMO roles and then demote the original SBS box.
Otherwise, you should be able to just use the Active Directory Migration Tool to migrate your users and computers from SBS to a newly created 2003 domain [with different domain names of course].

Did you get sorted out here? Do you still require assistance?


In the end, I managed to export all the old e-mails from the priv1 database and then exported all the mailboxes into .pst files.

NTDSUTIL the SBS2000 server and removed everything that was assiocated with my SRV2003, then re-installed W2K3 without promoting it to be the PDC.

THis is currently working fine.

Thanks to everyone who added a comment to assist me.

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