GAL & GCS problems in a Windows 2003 in Domain Environment

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ok, I'm having GAL and GCS problems.

We killed a child domain out at the High School a few days ago.  I did DCPROMO and the two servers came out fine, but I lost my GCS.  So, I moved the GC to my PDC to get me thru.  

After I moved the GC to my PDC, I began to get events stating that the two roles (PDC & GCS) were incompatible.  I also began to have major problems with my Exchange Server and my users in Outlook failing to pull down the GAL.  I'm getting the 0x8004010F error doing the send/receive download GAL thing.

So, I'm guessing that since all of my grief began when I moved my GCS to my storage server that I need to move it somewhere else.  I can't use my PDC, but I can make my Exchange Server my GCS and I'm hoping that will fix my GAL problems.  I've noticed that since I demoted the two child domain servers and deleted all of the associated users, their mailboxes are still there and their names are still in my local GAL since my Exchange server is not sending down the updated GAL to my users.

So, your thoughts?

OH, my question.  My Exchange server does not have NTDS settings for me to set it as my GCS.  How can I get those NTDS settings there?

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Thanks

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Your exchange server would have to be a domain controller in order to make it a GC.

It's not a recommended configuration, but it will work.
George SasIT Engineer

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On the Exchange System Manager on the server properties , look at the "Directory Access" tab.
Can your exchange see any DC's ?
If not try to add them manually and see if it helps.

Also , go on the Folders tree , select public folders , right click and select "View System Folders".
Then look at the properties of your Offline Address Books under the replication tab. Is this replicated on your server or it is still somehow hanging on the wiped machines ?
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GeoSs:  There are three DC's listed and the GCS.  all public folders are replicating on the correct server, James in this case.
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George SasIT Engineer

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Have you tried to Re Build your Offline Address List ?
When you go on ESM under "Offline Address List"  you will see the default one.
Check the properties and check the server responsible for it. It exists ?

Under the "All Global Address Lists"  can you preview your "Default Global Address List" ?
crp0499CEO

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GesSs:

Have rebuilt OAL
Default Offline Address List is named CITP.  Under Address Lists, it reads Default Global Address List
For All Global Address Lists, I CAN preview my DGAL and the names I want GONE are gone.

curious...both Outlook 07 and 03 crater when trying to retrieve the GAL.
George SasIT Engineer

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K , just as an experiment ... try to logon with a domain user on a client machine.
Delete the outlook profile and re-create a new one.
Do you still have the error ?
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You might also want to try and reset the system folders :
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;273364 for 2K
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=822444 for 2k3
George SasIT Engineer

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You could try also making a new offline address list and select it as default.
George SasIT Engineer

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Ah , and one more thing. Are your users using CACHED mode on the outlook ? Try taking cached mode off on one of them and test this also.

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