Urgent PLS - Set default logon server

Posted on 2012-09-14
Last Modified: 2012-10-25

quick assistant pls, how do i change the default server for netlogon without touching the REGISTRY??
new server is taking over this weekend and i need to get rid of old server and it is the default logon server.
Question by:Geekah
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    Change the DNS setting of client
    Perform gracefull removal of old DC
    Make sure you have removed the old server from name server tab in DNS console
    If DNS configuaration is correct , new DC is healthy, new DC is GC then by default logon will go to new DNS server only

    Never checked but You can  use setx utility of windows resource kit  
    SETX MyLogonServer NameOfLogonserver

    Author Comment

    Could you please explain.
    Change teh dns settings?? where and how and what
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    Accepted Solution

    How we should Configuere DNS on our DC :-->

    Every DNS server should Point to its own IP as a primary DNS and DNS located in remote site as a secondary DNS in TCP/IP properties
    All the unused NIC's to be disabled
    Valid DNS Ip from ISP to be configuered in DNS forwarders Do not configuere local DNS in forwarders
    Public DNS IP's Should not be used at any NIC Card except Forwarders
    Domain Controllers should not be multi-homed
    Running VPN server and RRas server makes the DC multihomed refer;en-us;272294

    If anything above is incorrect please correct it and run "ipconfig /flushdns & ipconfig /registerdns " and restart DNS service using "net stop dns & net start dns"

    DNS best practices

    Checklist: Deploying DNS for Active Directory
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    Assisted Solution

    by:Satish Auti

    If you would like to force a domain computer to use specific domain controller while logon use the following command from command prompt

    c:\set logonserver="Domain Controller name"

    Author Comment

    I would like to set one DC to be the Main logon but still look at the other DC for loggin in if the first one is busy or off or anything.
    So far, the PCs keep authenticating to 2 out of the 3 DCs.
    One of them is to be decommissioned. and the new one still not being used as a logon it seems but when i tested that c:\set logonserver="Domain Controller name" on it, it did show as the logonserver but i want it to be set automatically.
    any thoughts?

    Author Closing Comment

    thanks, i followed the document you refered me to<br /><br />all is good :)

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