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I have a 2000 virtual server that is the last domain controller in a domain. It is hosted on a 2008 server. How can I promote the 2008 server to a domain controller. I has an issue since it cannot connect to the domain until the 2000 virutal is up. Any suggestions?
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by:Don S.
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You have already install domain services role in your 2008 server?  Have you tried running dcpromo on the 2008 server?  It will not take down any running services ie. virtual servers until it wants to restart the server.  By then it will be a DC.
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by:splitrockit
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I did try that but it did not take. I thought the issue might be that when it rebooted it could not find the DC with the FSMO roles.
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by:Don S.
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Did you get any error mesages?  Have you preped the domain for a 2008 DC yet?
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by:splitrockit
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No I did not get any error messages. But when the 2008 box rebooted I could not log into it. I had to restore it from backup.
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Darius Ghassem earned 500 total points
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Well you need to move the 2000 DC off onto another machine you aren't going to be able to run the 2000 DC on top of another potential DC. Your 2008 DC and 2000 DC need to be on different machines because the 2008 server can't contact the 2000 DC when you are rebooting so, you get the result you have already seen
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Is there anyway arround that? Like restoring the 2008 from a system state?
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by:Darius Ghassem
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Not sure what you are asking? You can't have the DC within a Guest then try to join the host again you will run into these issues since the Guest will not start properly the host will not be able to become a full DC.

Do you have another server or computer where you can install a server edition so, you can promote this system as a DC? From here you can then get the Windows 2008 Server to promote as a DC since you have another working DC that holds AD to replicate with and authenticate with.

If you are using Windows 2008 Server as a Host server for virtual machines the recommendation is not to have this server to run Domain Services.
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by:Don S.
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Very true, you do not want the host to be a dc.  Have you though of building a guest 2008 server that would be your dc?
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Thanks.
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