I've read through previuous answers and tried lots of things - but no luck. Any help VERY gratefully received:
server01 - w2k SP4 - running Exchange2000 - this was the original sole server in the network
server04 - w2kSP4
server06 - w2k3 - running exchnage2003
I want to get rid of server01 so bought an new machine (server06) and installed Exchage2003, transferred mailboxes, setup DNS etc etc. Everything working great.
I started to run dcpromo on server01 to demote it and get the message about Global Catalogs. So abort demotion and tick the "global catalog" boxes on server04 and server06 and leave the whole thing for a day or so.
Then untick "global catalog" on server01 in preparation for demoting the server - and that's where the problems start - logon problems, exchange services not starting etc etc.
Having looked though all I can I realise that ldp shows that isGlobalCatalogReady as FALSE and presume that this is the root of all my problems
Go back and try and reset everything as it was - no joy.
as there is no gc entry in _msdcs but can't see how you can add a "subfolder" GC - if I add a srv record it goes in as a subfolder _tcp
As I say - any suggestions most gratefully received
Thanks - Tom Smith