Solved

Multiple domain controllers running Windows Server 2003 for Small Business Server

Posted on 2008-06-26
5
1,753 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-21
Hello Experts,

   I just installed a new server at this office that came with Windows2003 small business server. Well, this system kept shutting down becuase it was not configured as a domain controller. This office is small but the doctor is the one who ordered the server. I made the server a domain controller and I am now getting this message below:
Multiple domain controllers running Windows Server 2003 for Small Business Server have been detected in your domain. To prevent this computer from shutting down in the future, you must remove all but one of these from the domain.

There is no other domain controllers, this is the only server and the rest of the workstations are running windows XP. What needs to be done to resolve this issue?
0
Comment
Question by:frankbustos
5 Comments
 
LVL 58

Accepted Solution

by:
tigermatt earned 500 total points
ID: 21877772
You do not appear to have correctly installed the server. I suggest you start from scratch, by reformatting and reinstalling the server. Then, once the server is up and running as a bare machine, you then need to put the SBS Disk 1 in again, and run the SBS setup wizard to install the SBS in the correct way. You will then have a correctly configured server.

Since this is an SBS, you cannot start running commands on it like you would a normal server. Dcpromo is just one procedure which is automatically handled in the integrated setup procedure.

-tigermatt
0
 

Author Comment

by:frankbustos
ID: 21878161
ok, I will try this tomorrow and get back to you.
0
 
LVL 74

Expert Comment

by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
ID: 21879883
To add to what tigermatt stated... you should NOT attach an SBS to an existing network which already has a domain controller.  While its technically possible to do this, its not a good idea.

Instead, set up the SBS per the documentation (see http://sbsurl.com/start) then join all the other machines to the SBS' domain.  If there is currently a domain in place you will need to remove all workstations from it and demote the current DC before you can join them to the new SBS domain.

Jeff
TechSoEasy
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:frankbustos
ID: 31471083
I removed SBS and installed Standard 2003 OS.
0
 

Expert Comment

by:trezo
ID: 23918915
I have a similar problem. However, the server has been running fine for 4 years as the sole dc. There have been no changes to the network, no changes to the server and no new devices. In the past two weeks it will shutdown after an hour. I'm wondering if there was an update that could be causing this. Dcdiag and netdiag run clean. I've disconnected the server from the network and it will still state that there is a multiple domain controllers detected. I've read a few threads on the problem, but no one has come up with an answer yet. Any help out there? Thanks.
0

Featured Post

Is Your Active Directory as Secure as You Think?

More than 75% of all records are compromised because of the loss or theft of a privileged credential. Experts have been exploring Active Directory infrastructure to identify key threats and establish best practices for keeping data safe. Attend this month’s webinar to learn more.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

When you upgrade from Windows 8 to 8.1 or to Windows 10 or if you are like me you are on the Insider Program you may find yourself with many 450MB recovery partitions.  With a traditional disk that may not be a problem but with relatively smaller SS…
Citrix XenApp, Internet Explorer 11 set to Enterprise Mode and using central hosted sites.xml file.
In this video, we discuss why the need for additional vertical screen space has become more important in recent years, namely, due to the transition in the marketplace of 4x3 computer screens to 16x9 and 16x10 screens (so-called widescreen format). …
With the advent of Windows 10, Microsoft is pushing a Get Windows 10 icon into the notification area (system tray) of qualifying computers. There are many reasons for wanting to remove this icon. This two-part Experts Exchange video Micro Tutorial s…

911 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

22 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now