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Adding Domain Controller

We just added a new server to our domain, I ran the dcpromo and made it a backup domain controller. Now I want to make this the Primary domain controller. The problem is when i run server manager the "promote to Primary" is grayed out. Can somone tell me what the cause could be?
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redseatechnologiesCommented:
Hi dorato99,

sorry, is this windows 2000 or windows nt4?

-red
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dorato99Author Commented:
Sorry, yes it is windows 2000, they both are.
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redseatechnologiesCommented:
so let me get this right

you have 2 servers

both windows 2000, they are both domain controllers

the old server is the PDC emulator (2000 doesnt have primary domain controllers anymore) and most likely the global catalog

where exactly are you seeing this "promote to primary" button?

http://www.windowsitpro.com/Article/ArticleID/13387/13387.html
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=842208
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dorato99Author Commented:
Ok they are both windows 2000 server's one of them we have been using for about 4 years now which is the domain controller for our work place. We got a new computer so we could replicate it and make it the pdc and the old one a bdc.

the promote to primary button is located under the menu of

"srvmgr" which you type in the run promt.

should i be doing this elsewere?
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redseatechnologiesCommented:
ok *phew* thought i was going nuts then

srvmgr is a throwback from the nt4 days, dont use it

use the links i gave you above to make it the primary server (global catalog and pdc emulator)

-red
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redseatechnologiesCommented:
as soon as you assign the FSMO role of pdc emulator to the new server - srvmgr will display it as primary (which doesnt really matter anyway)

you will still need to make sure all other Active directory roles, and FSMO roles have been transferred to the new server.

i will look for some more indepth guides

-red
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redseatechnologiesCommented:
here we go

this looks perfect for what you are trying to do

http://www.tek-tips.com/faqs.cfm?fid=3016

here are some other links that may help

http://www.svrops.com/svrops/documents/fsmo.htm
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;223346&sd=tech

hope that helps

-red
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dorato99Author Commented:
Thx that worked great. I was going to ask an other question here but you deserve the 500 points so its yours, can you also help me on this one?

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Win2000/Q_21414670.html
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redseatechnologiesCommented:
no problems dorato

thanks for the points - and the a grade

i will do what i can on the other question

-red
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