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I am replacing a windows 2003 primary domain controller that was running global catalog. I went through all of the migration steps like (FSMO roles, global catalog, etc) When I made the new server a global catalog and removed global catalog from old server, I am not sure if it replicated to the new server yet.

If it did not, what can I do to correct this? Can it just rebuild catalog on it's own?
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by:Mike Kline
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Is this a single domain controller?  Do  you have other GCs on the network. Just trying to get a sense of your domain/forest structure
If you type
dsquery server -forest -isgc how many GCs in the forest?
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We have only 1 server which performs everything
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This is what I get when I run that command. It actually does says the new servers name, does that mean things may be ok? (i ran this from both old server and new)
 
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>dsquery server -forest -isgc
"CN=SHCC-SRV,CN=Servers,CN=Default-First-Site-Name,CN=Sites,CN=Configuration,DC=
SHCC,DC=local"
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.  The GC contains a partial representation of every object in every domain in a forest. So in your  single DC domain/forest the info is all there.  Sounds like you already made it a GC
You really should have at least two DCs though.  What if your current DC crashed hard?  If you had a second DC that would really help and your users wouldn't have the downtime.
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The new server is definitely marked as a Global Catalog in AD Sites and Services, but what if it didn't replicate all data from old server?
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You can check for event 1119 in the directory service logs
or check the registry
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc961811.aspx

Verify if the Global Catalog Promotion Complete registry entry stored in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NTDS\Parameters\ is set to the value 1. If it is, then the computer is advertising as a Global Catalog server.
Is that old box still a domain controller?
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I looked in EVENT VIEWER / DIRECTORY SERVICE and do not see anything saying global catalog has been repilicated, but when I look at the registry key you noted, it has a (1) next to Global catalog promotion complete
 
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Yes, the old server still is a domain controller
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ok then you are ok, but I'd make that other DC a GC too.  Take a look at the first bullet point about the DC/GC
http://adisfun.blogspot.com/2009/04/lessons-learned-from-eric-fleischman.html
 
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Now I am seeing that I cannot demote old server from being domain controller, it says it can't find any other DC's within domain
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If the demotion is not working you may have to remove the DC by using the metadata cleanup process
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/216498
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