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Cannot open Active Directory

Posted on 2006-11-14
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I have 2 win2k servers.  They are both Domain controllers.  I can't open Active directory, DNS or anything in administrative tools on the backup Server.   It's also the exchange Server.  When I double click the AD icon it just flashes for a second goes away.  
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check the event viewer for any errors, it might be a problem with DNS. Active directory will not start without DNS.
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by:ttelesca
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I can't even pull up "services" or the "event Viewer", they both just flash and go away.
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by:cnsspd
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can you start mmc on another computer and go to computer management on the server and look at the event viewer there.
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by:ttelesca
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How do you do that?  How do you look at the Event Viewer of the Server in question from another server?
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by:trippleO7
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Start > Run > type "mmc"

Click File > Add/remove snap-in.  Click Add at bottom of that new window....Select Event Viewer from the list....it will then ask you if you want to view Local Computer, or Another Computer....select Another computer and browse for your other server.

you can do this from your XP workstation....
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Error 1 IN DNS LOG

The DNS server was unable to complete directory service enumeration of zone koflercpa.com.  This DNS server is configured to use information obtained from Active Directory for this zone and is unable to load the zone without it.  Check that the Active Directory is functioning properly and repeat enumeration of the zone. The event data contains the error.

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The DNS server was unable to complete directory service enumeration of zone 0.168.192.in-addr.arpa.  This DNS server is configured to use information obtained from Active Directory for this zone and is unable to load the zone without it.  Check that the Active Directory is functioning properly and repeat enumeration of the zone. The event data contains the error.
 
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The DNS server was unable to complete directory service enumeration of zone ..  This DNS server is configured to use information obtained from Active Directory for this zone and is unable to load the zone without it.  Check that the Active Directory is functioning properly and repeat enumeration of the zone. The event data contains the error.

Would you suggest I just reinstall DNS?  Would that screw up the Active Dir or Exchange?
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by:ttelesca
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The DNS server is 192.168.0.3 and is the Primary Domain Controller.  I'm getting these same errors on it also.  
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by:devruiz
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Do an authoratative restore on the PDC from a good backup prior to the issue. If not, then either call Microsoft (be prepared to give up a weekend) or reload from scratch. Sounds like you're SOL. Sorry bro

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