What does the message "Failed to prepare pdc.olddomain.local : 5" mean when running "rendom /prepare" ?
This is the setup: There are several servers, all running as VMs under server 2008 R2 hosted hyper-V. All servers are running. There are two DCs (called pdc and bdc).
This is what I did:
on PDC, I created new forward lookup zone for newdomain.co.uk
I created another 2k8R2 server for the "control station" and added the Remote Server Admin Tools feature.
on the control station, copied Rendom.exe, Repadmin.exe, Dfsutil.exe, and Gpfixup.exe to a temporary folder, but running rendom from that folder gets "unable to load resource string 1067", so I followed the advice in http://is.gd/baa03
and run rendom by "c:\windows\system32\rendo
"rendom /list" produces the expected xml file which I edited, changing three instances of "olddomain.local" to "newdomain.co.uk" and one (NetBIOS) of OLDDOMAIN to NEWDOMAIN.
"rendom /showforest" shows changes are correct and complete.
"rendom /upload" creates a dclist.xml which correctly contains both domain controllers
"rendom /prepare" then returns "Failed to prepare pdc.olddomain.local : 5". Retrying produces the same result again
I tried "c:\windows\system32\repad
min.exe /bind pdc.olddomain.local" (and bdc) as suggested by http://is.gd/baa03
- both succeed, but have no beneficial effect.
I do note that p.1055 of Minasi's "Mastering Windows Server 2008 R2" includes in prerequisites the need for a stand-alone DFS server which we don't have. But I haven't seen that prerequisite anywhere else including on Technet, so I'm far from sure that we need it.
So what am I meant to do with the rather unhelpful "Failed to prepare pdc.olddomain.local : 5"