Promote "PDC" in a Windows 2000 ADS in Mixed mode with many NT BDC (yet)

Posted on 2004-11-20
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
I have just started a migration to ADS, for now I have 4 Windows 2000 ADS as DC, and 10 NT BDC.
One of the Windows 2000 DC is a test machine and from where I started the migration (it was NT PDC before the migration)
My problem now is all the NT BDC see that "test" Server as PDC and I can't shutdown it. I tried to "promote" some of the permanent server (already as W2K DC) but it get me error.

If I shutdown the "test", all NT BDC show message "Can't find the PDC, bla bla...."

How can I configure those BDC to see another W2K DC as the PDC?

Question by:cguanes
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    Accepted Solution

    You need to transfer the PDC emulator role another windows 2000 DC I think. When you said you tried to promote a DC and it gave you an error, what did you do, and what was the error? Once a DC is a DC in windows 20000 server you can't promote it any further - the most you can do is transfer roles amongst DC's - DNS needs to be functioning correctly:
    HOW TO: View and Transfer FSMO Roles in the Graphical User Interface
    Windows 2000 Active Directory FSMO roles

    Setting Up the Domain Name System for Active Directory
    Frequently Asked Questions About Windows 2000 DNS and Windows Server 2003 DNS

    Deb :))
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    Author Comment

    Great... Thanks.....

    Quick answer and it Works!......

    Now finally I can shutdown the "test" server.....
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    Expert Comment

    Glad to help :))

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