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permission problem in Active Directory

Posted on 2008-06-18
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The problem that I have is the domain controllers OU is not showing when I login as a domain admin. If I run a search nothing is found but if viewed with advance features you can see the domain controllers OU and the Infrastructure icon but both are displayed as windows icon. The domain controllers OU is Unknown under type and the infrastructure is infrastructure Update
If I login in as a domain administrator everything is normal.
When looking at any built in group membership for all the administrators icons are greyed out.

We have 4 DCs, 2x2003 and 2x2003r2 in a fully 2003 environment.
All domain controllers accounts and administrators accounts are stored in the default Domain Controllers OU.
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Question by:AndyinJapan
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run a DCDiag on each domain controller and post the output here (not all 4 if they are pretty much the same)
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You should first understand that the Domain controllers is not an Organizational Unit (OU). It is a Common Name folder (CN). Common Name folders are built into the system. I believe the Infrustructure folder is as well.

Group policy was not meant to be involked on a CN folder. Nor, was that CN folder meant to go to a subdirectory of another folder. It was meant to be in the root of the Domain Schema.

I don't know what we are going to have to do in order to fix your issue. Messing with these folders by deleting them or moving them should have given you an access denied. You might try dragging these two back into the domain root of ADUC.

But, I believe to fix these issue, you might have to use the NTDSutil.

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by:AndyinJapan
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Hi Guys,
First, many thanks for your help on this one but in end I sorrted it out.....I gave myself full permissions over the OU in question and alll returned to normal as well as the greyout user icons. Not sure what happened here but its ok now anyway!

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Glad to here you got it fixed:

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