Active Directory - The specified domain does not exist or could not be contacted
Posted on 2004-09-04
I have a Win 2000 server that is old and needs replacement. I have a new machine, fresh install.
It has DNS, and uses itself as dns in network configuration. I have run DCPROMO and marked it as global catalog, confimed by event 1119. The old server is still flagged as Global Catalog.
The problem - if i shut the other server down I can no longer access Active Directory information. I cannot add permissions to shares and I cannot view the Active Diretory tree for the domain.
But if I open Active Diretory Users And Computers, Click Action and Connect to Domain Controller and select the new machine I have the whole active diretory tree there, even with the old server down.
I am now terrified of a hardware failure. So far everything is working (both machines up) but I need to be able to turn the old server off. It will fail soon.
Thanks for the help, Roberto.