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2003 Domain controller

Posted on 2005-04-13
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Last Modified: 2012-05-05

I have 3 2003 domain controllers in my active directory. When I take one of them offline for maintenance (the server which was first deployed) clients cannot log on.
"System cannot log on. Access denied".

What am I missing?

Question by:jan_egil
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joedoe58 earned 1000 total points
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That server is the only one that is a Global Catalog. You have to add at least another one as Global Catalog. There is a problem though if you make the RID Master a GC then you break the functionality of the RID master. With only 3 servers you can make all GC's with no problems.

Author Comment

ID: 13777014
Aha, Okay. I probably have some extra reading to do :)
What tool on 2003 server is used to change roles of this kind?



Expert Comment

ID: 13779947
You should follwo these steps:
The first step in the process is to configure a Windows 2000 Server to act as a global catalog server. To do so, open the Active Directory Sites and Services console, found on the Administrative Tools menu. When the console opens, navigate through the console tree to Active Directory Sites and Servers | site name | Servers | server names. Now expand the entry for the server that you want to designate as a global catalog server. Right click on the server’s NTDS Settings entry and select the Properties command from the resulting context menu. When you do, you’ll see the NTDS Settings Properties sheet. On the General tab is a Global Catalog check box. If the box is selected, then the server has been designated to serve as a global catalog server.

A note about my answer it is not a problem with the RID master but with the infrastructure master. Anyway it is no problem in a domain where every server is a GC, and in your case it is preferable

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