troubleshooting Question

Global Catalogue will not register itself in DNS

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Howdy Experts!

I'm running a two-node, Server 2003 Active Directory environment.  One of the Servers is past its prime, the other was a test box we were using to try integrating eDirectory.

I was able to purchase two new Servers to host my AD so last week I set myself to the task of accomplishing this.

I put the new Servers in the rack.  I promoted the first one to Domain Controller, so now I have three DC's in the environment.  I turned on WINS and DNS and let that 'dust' settle for a day.

The next day I went to demote the older of the two original DC's.  I was presented with a warning that the Global Catalogue was still hosted by this Server.  Silly me, I thought.  I had remembered to transfer the FSMO roles off that box but forgot about the GC.  So, I enabled Global Catalogue on the new DC and let that sit for the day.

The next day I turned off GC on the old Server, waited about 90 minutes then proceded to demote.  Almost immediately people started calling our Help Desk stating they couldn't log in - bummer...

In futzing around on Google MSKB and here, as well as reading what I could find on TechNet and my trusty W2K3 Server Admin guide, I figured out the why of it - there is no entry in DNS for the Global Catalogue.  What I haven't been able to find is anything informative enough to show me how to either manually create the entry or somehow force it to automatically occur.

Oh, and I can't just look at the old Server because I brought the second new one online and gave it the same name and IP addy as the old box.  So, I still have three DC's but I don't want to demote the "test" box until I get the login problem resolved.

Thanks for any detailed, step-by-step hints you can provide!

Daniel M. Hoyt
UW Oshkosh
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