trouble with my new 2003 domain controller

Posted on 2007-10-18
Last Modified: 2010-03-17
I have Windows server 2000 as my PDC, it also does my DNS. (We'll call it "PDC"
I have a server 2003 system as my BDC. (We'll call it "DC")
I am trying to promote a new server 2003 (not R2) system to a DC and eventually the PDC. (We'll call it ("WANNABE")

On WANNABE, DCPROMO runs fine, but when I check the DNS on PDC, after the dcpromo reboot, WANNANBE is not listed in DNS anywhere and especially not under MSDCS.  I then tried to run DCDIAG on WANNABE and it does not recognize the command.

This is my 3rd attempt at setting up this server and I need to do it right this time.
Question by:o_b_c
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    Accepted Solution

    To run dcdiag, you'll first need to download and install the Windows 2003 Support Tools package:

    As for the DNS issue, start with the basics:  Is WANNABE pointed to PDC for DNS?  Is WANNABE's primary DNS suffix correct?  (It certainly should be after a DCPROMO, but check anyway.)  Is there at least a host (A) record for WANNABE in the domain's forward lookup zone?  If all answers are "yes," try an IPCONFIG /FLUSHDNS followed by IPCONFIG /REGISTERDNS, then stop and restart the Netlogon service on WANNABE.  Wait a few minutes, then check DNS again to see if anything has been registered.

    All of your other machines show up correctly in DNS, right?

    Author Comment

    Nevermind, I did not have Dynamic Updates turned on in my DNS server.

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