I recently demoted one DC exchange services not starting

I recently demoted dc n seized the only one dc.
Now exchange services not starting even after giving the correct dns address in network card.

How to make server use the remaining dc?.
Your help is appreciated
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DeepinInfrastructure Engineer Commented:
Have you rebooted the Exchange since changing DNS?

also what eventlog errors are you getting
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arnoldCommented:
Or restart the exchange services.

There are step by step guides to deal with a process where exchange is involved.

Usually, one does not denote until after the roles have been transferred as well as verifying the AD is synchronized.
At this point restarting the services should work.

Is the error relates to the credentials used for the services?
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MAS (MVE)EE Solution GuideAuthor Commented:
I tried switching to new dc n exchange restarted.
after 15 min suddenly database become offline.
I found the new dc is not responding. I seized the one which is healthy.
and chabnged the dns in exchange still services not starting. even network services not starting
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arnoldCommented:
How many tes did go through seizing?

Double check the DC that remains and make sure it has GC ............


Other than saying it stops working or not responding you are not providing what might be going on.  Check event log and exchange console to see what it is reporting. Which component fails, the Dag?
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MAS (MVE)EE Solution GuideAuthor Commented:
I restarted now and now I m getting blank desktop screen cannot see the icons

seized all the 5 roles and It is a GC as well

BTW exchange and current DC is running VM
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MAS (MVE)EE Solution GuideAuthor Commented:
One more thing I tried to check the database state.
Almost all the database is in dirty shutdown. will it be a problem for not starting information store?

bcz sometimes activedirectorytopology  service starts but not informationstore.
It shows starting but never starts

This is one error from event viewer
"Unable to initialize Microsoft information store "
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Amit KumarCommented:
Check primary DNS in your DC it should be the one which is running. if not then put correct dns and reboot dc then run below

also run dcdiag /s <servername> /f:c:\dc.txt
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Zacharia KurianAdministrator- Data Center & NetworkCommented:
BTW exchange and current DC is running VM

What version of VMware?
Have you upgraded your VM's Version?
Have you installed the VMware tools?
Make sure to use VMXNET3 and make sure you don't have time drifting in your VMs.

Run full health check on your PDC and make sure you don't miss anything. Do the same on your Exchange too.

Zac.
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arnoldCommented:
Hyper-v based vms with the host a domain member server.
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MAS (MVE)EE Solution GuideAuthor Commented:
I recovered the server using recoverserver switch
Now I cannot access any other domain account except root domain accounts
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arnoldCommented:
On the DC, can you list/verify status of each user,computer account.  Using ntdsutil .....


It us still not clear what the AD was at the time of the seizure.

How soon after you joined the VM DC did you decomition the other DC?


Where are you trying, usually only domain admin accounts can login into a DC.
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MAS (MVE)EE Solution GuideAuthor Commented:
What I meant is now mailboxes of the root ddomains started working. But mailboxes of other domains not working.
Even I cannot disable or create.
Can anyone suggest?
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arnoldCommented:
Does your DNS server have info about all the domains?
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MAS (MVE)EE Solution GuideAuthor Commented:
Please find the attached file
Added as secondary zone for all the other child domains

When I type nslookup -q=srv _ldap._tcp.dc._msdcs.childdomain.com
I am getting the DC address of child domain
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arnoldCommented:
Person has to forcibly recover exchange which required the deletion of the DAG ADSI entry.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd979799%28v=exchg.150%29.aspx#DAGforSiteResilience
Recreating a new DAG entry using a new DAG cluster account allowed the mailboxes to be mounted.
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MAS (MVE)EE Solution GuideAuthor Commented:
Many thanks to Arnold
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