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Function level could not be raised.... The directory server is busy

Posted on 2008-06-20
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I have 2 AD Intergrated DC in my doamin (Both are windows 2003). They can replicate to each other. But when I try to raise my first DC to windows server 2003, I got this error message :

The Function level could not be raised. The error is: The directory server is busy.

I checked the performance monitor, nothing is busy.. what might be the problem?
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by:wuitsung
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By the way, I think maybe this has something to do with exchange 2003 server? I just installed it on my fisrt DC.
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I just made it work... I just retried it again from DC2 and it works!!

what was the problem? DC2 was down and I tried to raised it on DC1.

Did DC2 cause the problem, just because it was down? But I don't think this is the problem because DC1 is my first DC in the forest and it has all FSMO roles. I think it should be just raised even DC2 was down...
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John Gates earned 200 total points
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If the functional level is to be raised one operation that is checked for is if all domain controllers are available.  It does this with DNS srv records if one is unreachable the operation will stop as raising the level of the domain is a major operation.  Does that make sense?
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But I run the network monitor, and I didn't see any traffic looking for other DCs..
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Sometimes a DC is very busy doing nothing ;)

Starting the replication doesn't mean that is starts replication immediatly...sometimes it takes a while.
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