Which Domain Controller will New DC Copy AD from?

Posted on 2011-09-13
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Hi All,

I have a client with a network of 7 locations, with a DC located at each location running Win2k3.

I'm introducing a new server - a Win2k8 R2 box at location 3 and I want to promote it to a DC, which will replace the one that's already there.  However, I do *not* want the new Win2k8 box to get its copy of AD from the DC at location 3 because I suspect some directory corruption on that machine.

The question is - how does Windows determine where its copy of AD comes from when promoting it to a DC?  Is it Site based?  Or, is it based on certain FSMO role holders, or other?

Question by:dsstao
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions

Expert Comment

by:Acosta Technology Services
ID: 36531492
Under Active Directory Sites and Services you can manually create your NTDS replication partners.  You can exclude the local DC, and add a remote replication partner.
LVL 57

Expert Comment

by:Mike Kline
ID: 36531507
You can also use the install from media feture



Author Comment

ID: 36531518
That would work - if I had AD already on that machine.  My problem is that I'm promoting it to a DC, and I want to choose where it gets the initial copy of AD.

Accepted Solution

Mike earned 500 total points
ID: 36531550
You can select what DC to replicate with during DCPROMO. It's been a while so I'm not sure if you have to select advance options or not.

Good Luck.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 36531581
Excellent - this option was available in advanced mode.  Thank you!

Featured Post

The Ultimate Checklist to Optimize Your Website

Websites are getting bigger and complicated by the day. Video, images, custom fonts are all great for showcasing your product/service. But the price to pay in terms of reduced page load times and ultimately, decreased sales, can lead to some difficult decisions about what to cut.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Background Information Recently I have fixed file server permission issues for one of my client. The client has 1800 users and one Windows Server 2008 R2 domain joined file server with 12 TB of data, 250+ shared folders and the folder structure i…
Active Directory security has been a hot topic of late, and for good reason. With 90% of the world’s organization using this system to manage access to all parts of their IT infrastructure, knowing how to protect against threats and keep vulnerabil…
This tutorial will walk an individual through locating and launching the BEUtility application to properly change the service account username and\or password in situation where it may be necessary or where the password has been inadvertently change…
This Micro Tutorial hows how you can integrate  Mac OSX to a Windows Active Directory Domain. Apple has made it easy to allow users to bind their macs to a windows domain with relative ease. The following video show how to bind OSX Mavericks to …

690 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question