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Can I reboot a Primary Domain Controller running Windows Server 2003 after installing Service Pack 2 after work hours?

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I got a Primary domain Controller that has Windows Server 2003, I just installed with Service Pack 2, It is asking for me to restart the server to have the updates take into effect but my problem is I already have the users logged in to their workstation and it will be hard for me to have them log off and wait till I get finished rebooting for about 5 minutes. Can I just restart the server after work hours? Thanks
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         Hi toptop7777
                Why do you have to make them log off? If they do not have application or a share that they are working on, then they do not have to log off, just simply restart the server. But create a system restore point because sometimes SP2 affects the server.
               The reboot is short, but I suggest you to do this after workhours, so in case a bad affect of SP2, work will not stop.

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We got three Domain Controllers, the one I installed with Service Pack 2 I believe is the primary domain controller, How would I know if this is the Primary Domain Controller? I have not created a restore point before installing Service Pack 2, I could not even find the System Restore in that Server, where do I find that? Thanks
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           If   dcdiag /test:knowsofroleholders -v   success, then the server is the PDC. I mean the system state. You can back it up with NTBackup. Anyway I assume it is late. In case of failure, you should uninstall the SP2 via safe mode or other ways

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By the way, after installing Service Pack 2 without restarting, one of our programs gave me a message saying "service unavailable" , but Peachtree clients that are connected to this do not have any problems.
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        Possible. If clients fail to work somehow, restart the server.
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I did s system state backup that went succesfully last night using symantec Backup Exec before installing Service Pack 2, I ran the dcdiag /test:knowsofroleholders -v and it went succesful.
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I ran the dcdiag /test:knowsofroleholders -v and the this server says that it is the PDC role Owner.
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If I reboot the PDC, would it mean that Users that are connected to the domain would loose their network connectivity? Because their primary DNS sever is one of the Domain controllers that are not installed with Service Pack 2
 
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                If their primary DNS is one of the other servers (doesnt differ SP2 installed or not), network connectivity wont be affected.
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I will just reboot the Windows server after work hours like what you have suggested, Peachtree clients connected to this server for now are not complaining about anything. Anymore suggestion or anything that I should take into consideration before I reboot the machine after work hours? Thank you very much.
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      It looks OK for now. Please post us about updates.
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I will, thanks a lot.
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it has been 7 days and the primary domain controller I updated with service pack has not given me any bad effects. does that mean that I could update the other two domain controllers with service pack 2?
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   Hi toptop777
          Bad effect is usually seen in the first day, you dont have to wait so long. The possible affect depends on the roles that servers have, but I assume you wont have any problems

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Okay thank you very much again for your help, I will update two domain controllers wiht service pack, how about windows server 2003 running Exchange 2003?
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There was no bad effect after doing what you recommended, thank you very much again MrHusy.
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