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our pdc network in CCS.local but I am not sure how to add this entry to our DNS setup in Windows 2003 server. I am not sure how the configuration changed and it is preventing pinging workstations - one to the other and remote connections.
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PeteJThomasCommented:
You've lost me I'm afraid - Can you try explaining again? Are you trying to allow clients on 1 domain to resolve host names on a different (but trusted) domain? If I'm wrong, can you try explaining again please?

Thanks!

Pete
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
Lol ....
Hello PeteJThomas... it got me too initially. I can't answer questions that are too involved because of work and little time but I gather from the above:
He has a Windows 2003 Server acting as a Domain Controller and DNS server. The domain name is CCS.local
Somehow his DNS configuration changed and he needs help fixing it. He cannot ping any of the clients or remote connections ....
Is this correct CCStech?
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PeteJThomasCommented:
Well, I'm going to work off of BitsBytesAndMmore's explanation.

Assuming this is a single domain (CCS.LOCAL), and that it had originally more than 1 DC, and now that since the removal of 1 of the DCs, DNS is causing problems. Which DC held/holds the FSMO roles? This is important, and effects the outcome of this Q:

Have you run a meta data cleanup since the forceful removal of the other DC? If not, you NEED to do so - Forcefully removing a DC removes the DC itself, but AD is still VERY aware of that DC...

So you use this process: http://www.petri.co.il/delete_failed_dcs_from_ad.htm

To remove ALL records of the DC from the domain. The result should be a working AD, that is not aware of the existence of the previous DC...

Can you please confirm whether or not this is remotely accurate? :)

Pete
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CCStechAuthor Commented:
had some difficulty with using meta data cleanup. My server is set at win2000 mixed and has not been promoted to 2003 server out of concern that older servers could not be used with it. NS lookup still returns the same message. Need help with deleting second PDC CCSLAB-PDC1 which we had been setting up to replace the first. I hope this additional information helps with answering how I can procede.

thanks for all your help!
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
Well .... you see.... it wasn't that involved at all....
Any feedback?
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PeteJThomasCommented:
Hmmm... So you promoted the CCSLAB-PDC1 to being a domain controller. When you say you need help deleting it - Why? Is it dead? Faulty? Or you just don't want it as a DC anymore? You should simply be able to demote it if you just want to get rid of it.

However if the server is now completely offline, the meta data cleanup is what you really need to do to ensure that no records of it exist anywhere in the existing domain. So what problems exactly are you having with the cleanup?

And what message does nslookup give? Can you post a screenshot or something?

And just to check, if your clients were pointed to a DC running DNS that is no longer there, you need to edit your DHCP options so that it's handing out another IP for DNS - One of a valid and existing DNS server, otherwise the clients will not be able to resolve any hosts...

HTH, please post any additional info and questions you may have...

Pete
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PeteJThomasCommented:
In the resolution, he/she posted:

"had some difficulty with using meta data cleanup. My server is set at win2000 mixed and has not been promoted to 2003 server out of concern that older servers could not be used with it. NS lookup still returns the same message. Need help with deleting second PDC CCSLAB-PDC1 which we had been setting up to replace the first. I hope this additional information helps with answering how I can procede.

thanks for all your help!"

So I'm not completely sure he meant to accept the answer?

Pete
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
Thank you PeteJThomas,
I once remember once, a few weeks ago, nobus complained about feedback when I was thanking an asker for his feedback. At the time I did not think much about it. You have just made me realize that the comments posted in the resolution are not visible to the others. I learn something every day......
Bits...
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