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HELP!!!  My current DC's are not reflecting the change of primary DC's in AD Sites & Services...

Posted on 2011-09-10
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Hi, I need help.  Recently, I demoted what use to be my primary DC in my domain, Server 2003 SP2 from being a DC.  I have all my FSMO roles on my new primary DC, Server 2008 R2 SP1.

My new primary DC has been in place for several months now.  So, it should be good to go in this aspect of replication time, etc.

From a member here, mkline71, gave me this link  http://blogs.technet.com/b/markmoro/archive/2011/08/05/you-are-not-smarter-than-the-kcc.aspx
which states let KCC do it's job and recreate the AD Sites & Services connections between my multiple branch sites, hoping that KCC would be smart enough to select the correct new primary DC for all branch DC's to point back to for replication.

So, I have waited for nearly 2 hours and 1 of my 3 branch sites displays the correct new primary DC in AD Sites & Services.

The one branch DC that is displaying correctly in AD SItes & Services is a Server 2003 x64 with latest SP.

The other 2 branch DC's, one is a Server 2008 R2 SP1 & the other is Server 2003 x64 with latest SP.

Here is something even more strange, the one branch DC (Server 2003 x64) is still displaying the old primary DC that I have demoted and the other branch DC that is displaying the correct new primary DC in AD Sites & Services.

Should I just be patient and see if it corrects itself in the new couple hours or is there something more seriously wrong that needs my immediate attention?

Any ideas or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
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by:Mike Kline
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During the dcpromo the old DC won't be removed from sites and services, go in and delete the old dc manually.

Are you seeing any issues with replication?

I'll be on and off...in and out today.

Thanks

Mike
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by:rsnellman
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OK, I haven't deleted the old DC from Sites & Services yet, but my Central Site in ADSS is made the changes automatically, but 2 out of 3 of my branch sites (North Site & South Site) are not displaying / reflecting the change of the old DC being gone from the AD SItes & Services automatically generated connection for Replication From.
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You want to to attempt a Replication Now from AD Sites & Services on each of my branch sites that does not display the correct "<automatically generated> From Server"?
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by:rsnellman
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If I go into the properties of the "<automatically generated> old DC within the North Site or South Site/Servers/NorthServer/NTDS Settings.  

In General tab, it displays in Relicate from area
Server: invalid
Site: invalid
Relicated Naming Context(s): invalid

If I click the "Change" button, it allows me to select the new primary DC from the list, but then gives me a warning about it will not be a automatically generated connection.

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Wait...the North Site server just changed to the correct new primary DC.  Now the South Site server has changed, but does not have the correct new primary DC displayed yet.  I am confident that it will change soon enough.  Guess I need to be more patient and stop stressing out over nothing.

Thanks anyways.
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by:rsnellman
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This is the answer.  Just needed to be patient and wait for KCC to do its magic.

Thanks.
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