Exchange 2003 is not seeing all the global catalog servers across sites

My exchange 2003 environment is only seeing one of the GC's i have assigned. I have two GC's in each site.

I have attempted to ping it with 14096 packets, it replies under 1MS. Its not a latency issue...

I am somewhat new to this environment and would relly appreciate some pointers on what to look into to resolve this issue..?
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Rant32Commented:
That may happen if Exchange 2003 is installed on a Domain Controller, but they may also be hard-coded in the registry:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\MSExchangeDSAccess\Profiles\Default

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Doing so disables the GC discovery mechanism and points the Exchange server to the local server (which must be a GC). Source: TechNet

DsAccess performs a lot of suitability tests on a domain controller/GC before using it for DS access.

There is a lot of information on DsAccess on the following site:
Directory Integration and Exchange Server 2003
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alexr54Author Commented:
Will check registry.. Its not on a DC.

When i check directory access, it shows one config, 3 DC's and one GC.. When it should show more then one GC for sure...

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alexr54Author Commented:
After checking registry, i do not see any custom key which points to any specific GC
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alexr54Author Commented:
According to the DSAccess logs, it is finding all the GC's. But why dont i see them listed in the directory access tab in exchange 2003 system manager?
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dave_itCommented:
I thought that Exchange would, by default, only communicate outside the local site if there is no GC available locally.  And when there is more than one GC in a site, usually whichever one answers first is the one Exchange uses.
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Rant32Commented:
Looking at the "How DSAccess Assigns Server Roles" section in the Technet article, this could be normal behaviour.

DSAccess will only use the Global catalogs in its own site as the Working GC, and the PDC Emulator FSMO role holder is removed from the Working list. It will not load-balance GC queries to remote sites, which is what the Working GC list is used for.

It keeps a list of GCs for every site, though, so if your DSAccess event logs indicate that all GCs were found, then failover should work without problems.
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alexr54Author Commented:
I fouind this:

http://blog.mattsampson.net/index.php/exchange-hogging-dc-s-and?blog=1

Which seems to point to my issue exactly.
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alexr54Author Commented:
After adding the Exchange servers to the correct policy object and the corect groups. Problem solved.

please close
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alexr54Author Commented:
Resolved myself
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