I cannot promote 2003 server to domain controller

Posted on 2009-04-09
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Recently restored exchange server from image, all of a sudden, outlook was asking for passwords, couldnt log on via rdp, had to log on locally, wasnt replicating with secondary DC (also 2003)
Demoted primary DC (one from image backup)
Seized all fsmo roles on secondary DC
cleaned metatdata with ntdsutil
when i try and re-promote my exchange server i get this error

"DNS was successfully queried for the service location (SRV) resource record used to locate a domain controller for domain

The query was for the SRV record for

The following domain controllers were identified by the query:

Common causes of this error include:

- Host (A) records that map the name of the domain controller to its IP addresses are missing or contain incorrect addresses.

- Domain controllers registered in DNS are not connected to the network or are not running.

For information about correcting this problem, click Help."
Question by:pizzasupreme
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error message is after ive done that
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Expert Comment

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Excluding the one that you restored from an image (which is an unsupported operation), how many domain controllers are in your environment?

Assuming that you have additional working DCs in your environment, you should remove the re-imaged DC from your environment, perform a metadata cleanup of its information from a working DC as described here:, and then re-add the DC to your domain using dcpromo.
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actually when i tried to clean metadata, with list servers command no servers are availiable in default first name site

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MrMintanet earned 500 total points
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*kicks dirt*
*walks away*
*turns around*
Reimage again.  This time don't demote.
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More - assuming you are running Exchange 2003 (you haven't specified), you can restore your Exchange server using the following procedure:, using a backup of your Exchange data stores.

In any case, restoring either a DC or an Exchange server into an existing environment using disk imaging software such as GHOST or Acronis is an unsupported operation.

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agh yeah its 2003, exchange is fine, i think the best solution right now is re-image, and rebuild secondary dc

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