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Changes to the DC "Active Directory Users and Computers" are not updated to the other controllers in the domain

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I have a windows 2003 AD network running in mixed mode,  I have 7 DCs, when I make a change in active directory users and computer, its not replicated to the other servers, the only changes which appear to be updated to the rest of the DCs is if I make a change on the "Global Catalog Server" which is the server I originally upgraded the NT domain to Windows 2003.

I ran dcdiag on serveral of the servers, here is a few of the error messages, the appear to be the same on all servers. Other then that, all appears to work as expected.

thanks
Steve

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Errors on Devine 2 Server DC
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Starting test: frssysvol
         ......................... DEVINE2 passed test frssysvol
      Starting test: frsevent
         ......................... DEVINE2 passed test frsevent
      Starting test: kccevent
         An Warning Event occured.  EventID: 0x800004F1
            Time Generated: 10/24/2006   15:18:09
            (Event String could not be retrieved)
         An Warning Event occured.  EventID: 0x800004F1
            Time Generated: 10/24/2006   15:18:32
            (Event String could not be retrieved)
         An Warning Event occured.  EventID: 0x800004F1
            Time Generated: 10/24/2006   15:18:55
            (Event String could not be retrieved)
         An Warning Event occured.  EventID: 0x800004F1
            Time Generated: 10/24/2006   15:19:18
            (Event String could not be retrieved)
         An Warning Event occured.  EventID: 0x800004F1
            Time Generated: 10/24/2006   15:35:26
            (Event String could not be retrieved)
         An Warning Event occured.  EventID: 0x800004F1
            Time Generated: 10/24/2006   15:35:49
            (Event String could not be retrieved)
         ......................... DEVINE2 failed test kccevent
      Starting test: systemlog
         ......................... DEVINE2 passed test systemlog

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Errors on HWYserver DC
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      Starting test: frssysvol
         ......................... HWYSERVER passed test frssysvol
      Starting test: frsevent
         There are warning or error events within the last 24 hours after
the
         SYSVOL has been shared.  Failing SYSVOL replication problems may
cause
         Group Policy problems.
         ......................... HWYSERVER failed test frsevent
      Starting test: kccevent
         An Warning Event occured.  EventID: 0x800004F1
            Time Generated: 10/24/2006   15:15:46
            (Event String could not be retrieved)
         An Warning Event occured.  EventID: 0x800004F1
            Time Generated: 10/24/2006   15:16:09
            (Event String could not be retrieved)
         ......................... HWYSERVER failed test kccevent
      Starting test: systemlog




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you have 7 DC's - going to need some more background on your AD structure - sites, DNS etc
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For starters, you need to setup Sites and associate the correct subnets to those sites.  Each Site must have a unique IP range so that they do not overlap in networking ranges.  This is key if you want replication to work.

Next, make sure the original DC stays in Default-First-Site-Name (rename this site if you wish).  Move all the servers into their proper Site in AD Sites and Services.

If you needed to do this then wait for KCC to figure things out.  This assumes that you have 100% connectivity between sites (and the main site or each other) and there is no firewall (including the built-in MS firewall that installs with SP1) blocking domain communication between them.

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thanks for the info.

I checked sites and services, the default-site-name, under severs, has all the DCs listed in that one container. I have no other sites or subnets listed.

The network is configured in this way

There is a MAIN locations on the subnet 10.0.1.255, all workstations are connected to the same network switch. Replication works well between all these DCs here.

There are several departments connected via VPN. Some are using an exterior wireless, those are locations within a direct sight to the main locations, there are several other locations which are connected, again using vpn, using a DSL or cable modem.

All of these locations receive replication updates from the main, but and changes locally are not replicated up to the main.

Thanks
Steve

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The departments are on the same subnet?  If not, you must have Sites configured.

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Thanks not the are not one the same subnet, do you have any info on the site configuration which is needed? article?
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Ok I setup the subnets in sites and services, what I did was create a new site for each subnet, then I created a subnet under the subnet container and associated it with each site, then I moved the DCs for each of these sites into the correct site folder, are there any other updates I need to do.

thanks
Steve
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I don't think so, no.  Just give it some time to replicate now.
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