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I have a PDC Windows 2003 server that has died suddenly. I have a BDC Windows 2003 which I would like to be able to promote to the PDC. Problem I have is that I am unable to promote.

I have tried Server Manager and it says it needs a PDC, I click OK but nothing appears. I have unchecked the Show Members option from the View menu and waited 30 mins for text to appear, but still nothing. I really need this BDC promoting, if anyone has any ideas, they are much appreciated.

Thanks In Advance,
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Did the other server that dies hold the FSMO roles? In other words, was it the forst DC brought onto your domain?
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yes it was the DC that died. Enabled Global Catalog on the BDC but this was after the PDC died, hence trying to promote the BDC without a PDC being available
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And there is no way to bring the server back up? Any other servers? You might need to seize the fsmo roles.

http://www.petri.co.il/transferring_fsmo_roles.htm

http://www.petri.co.il/seizing_fsmo_roles.htm
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You'll probably have to leave the domain & will have to use dcpromo /forceremoval to leave & then come back with the dcpromo command. If you run into further issues you may have to run ntdsutil to do a metadata cleanup of Active Directory before you attempt to demote this DC?
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Someone else please correct me if I'm wrong but I think he only has two options:

1. Bring the old server back online & transfer the FSMO roles

or

2. Leave the domain & dcpromo this new one out & run a metadata cleanup & start over with a new dcpromo...right?
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No Server totally dead, tried all day but cannot be brought back up...
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No backups? Is it hardware or software failure?
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Hardware Failure on the Server..
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Ouch.... how many other DCs?
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Hopefully he'll say he has another....
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If you can't bring the server back up at all, please refer to seizing the roles.
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Only one backup DC with AD replicating, tried to promote it, but when using server mgr i get message about no pdc, which is fine, but it doesnt show me the bdc in the list so i can promote. checked the view -> show members and it is unchecked, still nothing. May have to go about seizing roles..
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If it can't contact the primary, then nothing will show up and you'll have to seize.
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