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Windows Server 2003 DNS setup connecting 2 root servers via VPN

George Coles
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Here is my unique situation.  I joined my 2003 server to an existing 2003 AD domain making it a DC in that AD domain.  The connection I used to join the domain is a VPN connection from my root server to the other root server.  Replication took place and everything looks fine from what I can tell.  I have the DNS, users, domain comtrollers, all that info.

When I try and add an additional server to the AD domain, MY root server is not responding and the domain says it is not available at this time.  Why isn't my root server acting like a root server for the AD domain if it replicated with the other root server and has the same setup?  Please help.  Thank You
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What speed is your VPN connection?  If it is slower, and your network is setup to detect slow network links, you will need to disable that function for feature to work properly.
Oh...wait a minute...you mean why is the NEW root server not acting like a root server?  You may need to setup a  seperate site and also configure the second DC as a Global Catalog server.
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Thanks for your reply.  My root server is in a new site and I made it a GC.  When I try to login it is still telling me "The system cannot log you on now because the domain MYDOMAIN is not available".  Are you saying that I should add a second root server and make that a GC?  Thanks
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