Primary Domain Failed

Hi,
My main server crashed. I have a second controller that replicates AD and my files but for some reason my users cannot authenicate to it. When I open the AD on the server it says it can't connect to the domain. I assumed ( I know I know) that if my PDC failed users would still be able to access the second server and authenicate.

What am I missing? I was hopinng to have at least some people working on the second server while I repair the main one.

Both are Server 2003.

thanks

Graeme
Plaintree_SystemsAsked:
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Mike KlineCommented:
Is  your primary a global catalog server too?  Is your secondary a DNS server too and are your clients pointing to that DNS server for secondary?
Thanks
Mike
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Plaintree_SystemsAuthor Commented:
I am going to say yes to the GC and the secondary has DNS replicated, but no the clients are not pointed to it. They are pointing to the firewall - gateway and the dead server.

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g000seCommented:
Hi,

You will need to transfer FSMO roles to the other DC.  Here is the link- http://www.petri.co.il/transferring_fsmo_roles.htm

Also if the down DC was running DHCP, you will need to install that service on another DC with the correct parameters.
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g000seCommented:
Before the FSMO transfer if needed, have you tried to boot the down DC from "last known good configuration"?
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g000seCommented:
here is the link to seize the FSMO roles for a down DC- http://www.petri.co.il/seizing_fsmo_roles.htm
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Plaintree_SystemsAuthor Commented:
i am getting a " no operating system found" on the downed server. It never came back after a reboot this morning. I have two drives - and a SCSI Adaptec controller. both drives are showing "optimal" and I ran a verify on them no errors. nothing else is plugged in right now - no mouse, nic or external usbs.

Thanks for your help guys - S*&^T is hitting the fan LOL

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Plaintree_SystemsAuthor Commented:
oh and the drives are showing as mirrored. 0 mirrorred (R1)
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Mike KlineCommented:
Point them to the secondary for DNS...try your machine or a test machine....can you logon after that?

Thanks

Mike
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Plaintree_SystemsAuthor Commented:
i managed to just get the PDC up and running - I will be back in a bit - I appreciate the help and still have a some questions

stay tuned lol
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Mike KlineCommented:
***IMPORTANT***

Since your original is up and running don't seize any FSMO roles while it is up.  You only seize when you know the original is not coming back online....ever.

Thanks

Mike

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Plaintree_SystemsAuthor Commented:
Thanks - I will not seize anything except a smoke and beer --  

Can I transfer the rolls over to my other DC instead of siezing them. I am going to have to take this server back offline as I nnow don't trust it and still don't know why it would boot. - SuperMicro apparently has this issue.

G
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Mike KlineCommented:
Sure you can transfer them and that is fine, and I understand why you want to do that.  Make sure the second DC is a GC also (before you take the first one down)

Thanks

Mike
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