GPO will not open on 2nd DC

hi

i have 2 DC's , DCa and DCb, dca has all 5 fsmo roles and dcb is used basically as a backup dc and fileserver. both are syncing ok regards to users etc , but i cant open gpo on dcb all of a sudden!

when i try it states the specified domian controller could not be contacted!

what could be my issue?

last week dc_a was down for approx 6 hrs, but normal service seemed to commence once brought back up
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meteorelecAsked:
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ryansotoCommented:
The console comes up on dc a OK?  Your ok to manipulate a gpo on dc a?
Can you check for replication errors in the event log - run a dcdiag, netdiag and replmon and post the results
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meteorelecAuthor Commented:
yea ok on dca i can edit etc

i will run now
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meteorelecAuthor Commented:
how can i get the commands to ouput to text file?
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ryansotoCommented:
You will need to copy from the command window to text
right click the command icon in the upper left corner of the window and select all then paste into a .txt
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meteorelecAuthor Commented:
           EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0xC000036B
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:27:30
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 1815 Win32 Error 1815.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x717)
         An Warning Event occurred.  EventID: 0x8000A000
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:28:12
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 15100 Win32 Error 15100.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x3afc)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0x00000422
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:30:54
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 15100 Win32 Error 15100.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x3afc)
         An Warning Event occurred.  EventID: 0x825A0081
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:33:23
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 15100 Win32 Error 15100.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x3afc)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0x00000422
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:33:54
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 15100 Win32 Error 15100.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x3afc)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0x00000422
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:38:56
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 15100 Win32 Error 15100.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x3afc)
         An Warning Event occurred.  EventID: 0x80050004
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:40:34
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 15100 Win32 Error 15100.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x3afc)
         An Warning Event occurred.  EventID: 0x825A0081
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:40:37
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 15100 Win32 Error 15100.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x3afc)
         An Warning Event occurred.  EventID: 0x825A0081
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   14:50:16
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 15100 Win32 Error 15100.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x3afc)
         An Error Event occurred.  EventID: 0x00000457
            Time Generated: 11/14/2008   15:02:20
            EvtFormatMessage failed, error 15100 Win32 Error 15100.
            (Event String (event log = System) could not be retrieved, error
            0x3afc)
         ......................... DC_B failed test SystemLog
      Starting test: VerifyReferences
         ......................... DC_B passed test VerifyReferences


   Running partition tests on : ForestDnsZones
      Starting test: CheckSDRefDom
         ......................... ForestDnsZones passed test CheckSDRefDom
      Starting test: CrossRefValidation
         ......................... ForestDnsZones passed test
         CrossRefValidation

   Running partition tests on : DomainDnsZones
      Starting test: CheckSDRefDom
         ......................... DomainDnsZones passed test CheckSDRefDom
      Starting test: CrossRefValidation
         ......................... DomainDnsZones passed test
         CrossRefValidation

   Running partition tests on : Schema
      Starting test: CheckSDRefDom
         ......................... Schema passed test CheckSDRefDom
      Starting test: CrossRefValidation
         ......................... Schema passed test CrossRefValidation

   Running partition tests on : Configuration
      Starting test: CheckSDRefDom
         ......................... Configuration passed test CheckSDRefDom
      Starting test: CrossRefValidation
         ......................... Configuration passed test CrossRefValidation

   Running partition tests on : meteorelectrical
      Starting test: CheckSDRefDom
         ......................... meteorelectrical passed test CheckSDRefDom
      Starting test: CrossRefValidation
         ......................... meteorelectrical passed test
         CrossRefValidation

   Running enterprise tests on : meteorelectrical.int
      Starting test: LocatorCheck
         Warning: DcGetDcName(PDC_REQUIRED) call failed, error 1355
         A Primary Domain Controller could not be located.
         The server holding the PDC role is down.
         Warning: DcGetDcName(TIME_SERVER) call failed, error 1355
         A Time Server could not be located.
         The server holding the PDC role is down.


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meteorelecAuthor Commented:
netdiag and replmon will not run?

but from above log i obviously have issue!
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ryansotoCommented:
OK DCB is having a hard time talking to DCA
First check that on the lan connection the tcpip settings - DNS server points to itself for the first DNS - second DNS should be blank.
If you have a second NIC disable it.
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ryansotoCommented:
What happens when you try to run replmon - that will tell us more info.
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meteorelecAuthor Commented:
i had a 2nd nic running all along with 2nd ip range but switched of when i seen the issue, i have now removed 2nd dns which was dca
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ryansotoCommented:
First DNS is...?
Should be itself
Second can be DCA but if its blank thats fine.

Second NIC - right now its diabled?
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meteorelecAuthor Commented:
first dns  on dcb is itself
2nd blank

2nd nic disabled
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ryansotoCommented:
try and get replmon to work - it will tell us more info.

Next run a dcdiag /fix and a netdiag /fix

then clear out the event viewer and run a dcdiag again
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meteorelecAuthor Commented:

ok, now it is working again! i was on panic stations there!

what happened was i think , yesterday we changed from mains electrical to generator and the network switchs were not on power supplies hence went down and must of caused confusion, as i have some servers running on 2 nics - the 2nd being a  ip range i use to take backups etc

but still, i cant get replmon to work - it states it is not a recognised cmd, do i need to browse to a folder to run? - just incase i need again !!
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ryansotoCommented:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc772954.aspx

replmon should be in the same folder as dcdiag and should be a part of the windows 2k3 support tools.
Nice work
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meteorelecAuthor Commented:
im on server 2008!
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ryansotoCommented:
Np the tools run the same
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meteorelecAuthor Commented:
no probs i will look into monday im thinking more of beer at this minute lol!

cheers for advice ryansoto
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