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Server 2003 FSMO roles reported wrong

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We have a statewide network, with each office having a 2003 AD server as a backup.  At our hq, we have  the main 2003 AD server.
Recently, we had problems with the original server.  Rolese were transerverd to our ms-vicksburg server from the original AD ms-dc1.  Now, we have a new 2003 server box ms-dc.  We transfered the roles to this box, and everything seems to be replicating through the districts.
Recently, trying to add a user to a computer, AD said on ms-dc that the user was there.  However, when trying to add him, it would not.  Looking at ms-dc1's AD, the user was not there.
I did a netdom query fsmo roles, and everything is pointing to the ms-vicksburg server.  However, do the same on the ms-dc, and everything is pointing to the ms-dc server.
Is there any way to without removing AD from ms-dc1 to force it to look at ms-dc?  I would like to keep dc1 as a backup for the main server.
Thanks.
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Question by:Heath Calhoun
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Use Ntdsutil to sieze the FSMO role
see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/255504
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by:Heath Calhoun
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All other servers are showing ms-dc as the 5 FSMO's.  Just ms-dc1 is still showing ms-vicksburg as the holder of the FSMO's.  I used the GUI's to transfer from vicksburg to dc.
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Possiblt because ms-dc1 was the original role holder, it has not registered the change from ms-vicksburg to the new role master; try setting the roles back to dc1 and then transferring them to the new primary
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Wound up having to do a forceremoval of dc1 server.  Then did a meta cleanup.  Had one issue moved user shares to new server, gave everyone read of the root shares, but no one could modify their files.  Found I had to give  domain users instead read rights.  That fixed that problem.  I did not have domain users on dc1.  Wonder if it was because it was a dc.
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