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Having some issues trying to install Exchange Server 2003

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Here is the scenario:

Recently we upgraded our domain from NT to 2003.  On the upgrade we created a new Domain Controller (Server 2) and took the old DC (Server 1) offline.  We are trying to install Exchange 2003 on a new server and are not able to run forest prep.  It says that it has failed to connect to the schema master on Server 2.  Server 2 has been taken offline and has been removed from AD.  It seems like some of the functions of the old DC (Server 1) were not transfered when we took it offline.  How do we ensure that all functions are now assigned to the new DC (Server 2) so that we can install Exchange.
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When you removed the old domain controller - how did you do it? The only way to get all the roles moved is to use DCPROMO to turn it back in to a member server.
Probably too late to do that now.

Install the Support tools from the Windows server CD-ROM, then run the following command from a command prompt

netdom query fsmo

This will tell you what server holds the key roles - I expect your old server will be listed for at least one.
If the old server is no longer available you will have to seize the roles back.

Take a look at this KB article to see how to do this:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=255504

Once you have seized the roles, try running Forest prep again.

Simon.
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I am still getting an error that the global catalog server is not operational.  How do I change the global catalog server to the new remaining DC?
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Nevermind.  I fixed it.  Thanks for your help.
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