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Exchange 2003 cannot find Global Catalog Server

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Here's the situation. It was working fine until I upgraded my Windows 2000 AD to Windows 2003. Somehow, after I upgraded my 3 domain controllers from Windows 2000 to Windows 2003, Exchange 2003 cannot see any global catalog server on the Network. I made sure that I added Global Catalog as a role on one of my 3 Domain Controllers through NTDS. I also tried dcpromo on the Exchange 2003 box itself and made it a global catalog server but still, Exchange 03  cannot see any global catalog servers. DNS lookup is fine. What could cause this issue?.
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Have you tried restarting the Exchange services? Exchange will look for its GC server during the services startup. What error messages are yu seeing? You might want to have a look through these articles.

http://searchexchange.techtarget.com/tip/0,289483,sid43_gci1197212,00.html

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;250570
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Both links show the same information which I already tried. I tried statically assigning a GC server and DC in the registry. Exchange Event viewer has MSExchangeDSAcess infromation saying :

Process EMSMTA.EXE (PID=2428). No Global Catalog server is up in the local site..

Where in fact, I even configured all my DCs as global catalogs. Still a no go.
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Does dcdiag and netdiag give any errors when run from the Exchange server and domain controller?
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After talking to a microsoft support professional, my problem got fixed. It turned out that when I upgraded my domain cotrollers to Windows 2003, it wiped out the Domain Security Policy settings. I restored the security settings by running setup /domainprep... Works now. Thanks for the comments. I hope this helps other people who will encounter such problems soon. Luckily, I will no longer be dealing with Microsoft in the future. I am moving to a Native Linux environment. (New Job).. :) Chao..
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Good news. Can you post the links to any MS articles that you may have used?
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Thanks.
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