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I have a DC going south... Its also my Exchange server...

I already moved RID, PDC Emulator and Infrastructure roles to my new DC... These 3 were easy to do...

Before I move these last two roles, is there anything i am missing..? Since it is on the exchange server... I do not want to blow my domain up because Exchange can't authenticate..

I have the procedures on how to move Schema and Domain Naming master roles... Just want to make sure its a simple process and the exchange server will finally not rely  on itself any longer...
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Question by:Joeteck
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by:Mike Kline
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Same process as the other two.  If you are saying the box is going south you also need a plan for exchange if the box is about to die

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by:Madan Sharma
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you also need to move global catalog server
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by:Joeteck
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Yes, I have another Exchange 2003 server up and running already... However the DC portion of it, is only displaying 50 objects, should show 125.

So you are saying there is no issues moving these roles over? Will the Exchange server look now at this new server?
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by:Joeteck
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@ akicute555

I thought that's just a check box under sites and services , by right clicking NTDS settings...?



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by:Madan Sharma
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yes it is and its important for exchange server to work
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by:Mike Kline
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How many DCs do you have on your network, best practice is to make every DC a GC.

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by:Joeteck
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I currently have 4, and all 4 are GCS..

I just had to switch back my exchange server to RID, PDC Emulator and Infrastructure roles..

No one could connect to the server...

This is going to be harder than I thought!
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by:Mike Kline
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How is DNS setup?
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by:Joeteck
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LOL, what do you mean? it works...However with exchange, it only uses one DC to authenticate, it will not fail over to another DC, which sucks... Probably why I'm having so much difficulties...
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by:Mike Kline
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You said no one could connect, I thought you were talking about clients connecting to the domain.
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by:Joeteck
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LOL, no... When I moved over RID, PDC Emulator and Infrastructure roles, outlook failed to see exchange... I never rebooted the exchange server...

So, the procedure is;

Step 1. Make the new DC a GC.
Step 2. run repadmin /syncall and wait about 30 minutes
Step 3. Move all roles to the new DC
Step 4. Reboot the Exchange server
Step 5. Demote Exchange to member server if everything is working.

Done!

Do you agree with this procedure?

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A more detailed procedure;

So, the procedure is;

Step 1. Make the new DC a GC.
Step 2. run repadmin /syncall and wait about 30 minutes
Step 3. Move all roles to the new DC (go to step A)
Step 4. Reboot the Exchange server
Step 5. Demote Exchange to member server if everything is working.
DONE!
Step A. On the server you want to promote, Go into Active Directory Users and computers, right click the domain and select Operations Masters....
Step B. Go to each tab (RID, PDC and Infrastructure) , and select change. Done.
Step C.  go to the CMD prompt and type regsvr32 schmmgmt.dll
Step D. Open up MMC, on the console menu Press add/remove Snap-in, Press add and select Active Directory Schema.
Step E. Right Click Active Directory Schema and select the DC you want to move the role too.
Step F. Right Click Active Directory Schema and select Operations Masters...., click the change button. Done.
Step G. Open Active Domains and Trusts, highlight and right click Active Domains and Trusts, and select Operations Master... Click change...
Go to step 4
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by:Joeteck
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I did it myself
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by:Mike Kline
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What version of exchange are you running, step 5 may cause you issues (demoting a DC that holds exchange)

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by:Joeteck
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Exchange 2003
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by:Joeteck
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Will not cause an issue if i move all roles to new server... Then reboot.

If I have a problem after reboot, I'll move them back over...

I spoke with someone who has done it, and we have collaborated this procedure...
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by:Mike Kline
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ok   check out   http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822179

same link Santhosh posted for you on the TechNet forums.
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by:Joeteck
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Ok... So since I have another exchange 2003 running, I can simply move my mail boxes over, and then just remove the server as if it died....
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by:Mike Kline
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Yes you will want to do that anyway since this box is dying
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by:Joeteck
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Well all this is so I can do that... The admin before me... rather the ding-bat before me, added Exchange to a DC...Makes it so much more difficult to change... and is why I'm moving the roles over to a REAL server...
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by:Joeteck
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Is there any order I should move the roles over?
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by:Joeteck
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All the roles have been moved over and everything is working perfectly so far... I have a few errors on my other DC's, but a simple reboot fixed that problem.

My new exchange server's IS went offline when I rebooted that...
Could not find any authenticating servers...

A simple remove from domain, and added it back in fixed that..

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by:Joeteck
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@ mkline71

So what did you provide for me? That you are preventing me to close this question??
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