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Active directory

Hi all ,
I have two dc's 2008 std and one of them holding the all 5 fsmo rules
Dc1 fsmo
Dc2

Yesterday dc1 went down and users could still login to the system.
1. How long can users login after dc goes down?

I went over the internet and there is no really straight foreword explanation.
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Moti Mashiah
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Moti Mashiah
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Mike KlineCommented:
As long as DC2 is up they should be able to logon.   DC2 in this case is also a GC and I'm assuming has DNS.

The FSMO roles don't affect logins.

If DC1 is down longer than the Tombstone Lifetime then you will have some cleanup work to do.

Thanks

Mike
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Rich WeisslerProfessional Troublemaker^h^h^h^h^hshooterCommented:
If I understand the question, you're asking how long after DC1 goes down can users continue to log into the domain, assuming DC2 stays up?
DC1 has all the FSMO roles, but I assume DNS and Global Catalogs are on each of the two servers.  (Or, if not, if there were only a single global catalog, it shouldn't be in DC1 anyway.)

There is nothing about the situation that would prevent users from logging in.  I don't want to say, 'forever'... because there would eventually be other problems, but this is one of the primary reasons to have more than one DC in an environment... so users can continue to log in to the domain.
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Red-KingIT ManagerCommented:
I recall that a DC will 'tombstone' in AD after 2 weeks.
You can forcefully have DC2 assume/seize the FSMO roles.
See the following MS article
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/255504

Rory
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Moti Mashiah.NET DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Was really helpful thank you very much.
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