AD Unavailable

Posted on 2004-11-15
Last Modified: 2010-03-18
We have 2 x Windows 2000 Servers with AD. On the first installed server, all of a sudden, the AD is unavailable and shares are unavailable. On the 2nd server that was added as an additional DC and took the AD from the first, the AD is unavailable on that too. They are very recently built servers (about 3/4 weeks) and have shown no signs of trouble.

Every time we try to do something, it says we do not have the rights to do so.

Where should I look first please?
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    I guess you tried to reboot and make sure to log into the machine as an admin (or another power user/ admin user)?? Are there any more DC's within the domain next to these two machines?? WHich of these machines is the first DC installed?? Normally this will hold the FSMO roles, so if the server crashes, you will need to move these roles.. Else, if the AD is unavaliable, you can do a restore of the AD (as a last resort)..

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    Can you tell me how to move the FSMO role and how to do an AD restore please!
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    With AD problems like this, I always start with DNS (9 time out of 10, this is what causes major AD issues).  Where does DNS live in your domain?  On a separate server or integrated in AD?  

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