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Active Directory 2012 R2 - No Event 1119 this DC is now a global catalog

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On all my DC´s with Windows Server 2012 R2 i dont get the Event 1119 "this DC is now a global catalog" in the directory service log.

With 2008 R2 i always checked after promotion if that event is logged. Is that removed in 2012 R2?
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by:sAMAccountName
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Not sure if its been removed outright or move to a different log file, but you can check if its a GC using powershell:

PS C:> (get-addomaincontroller).IsGlobalCatalog
True

Granted, this is simply a bit on the object and doesnt reflect whether the catalog is built and responsive, but you can test that using ldp against the GC port 3268.  Just connect with ldp on that GC/port and you should be able to crawl the DIT
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Event 1119 is still available.. Are you checking in  Applications and Services Logs > Directory Service
Directory Service
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by:Thomas_1991
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Yes im checking that log.

And there are no erros... Also no erros with dcdiag
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Hmm, since it's not giving any error in dcdiag, there are chances the event might have overwritten.  Do you have the events there in logs prior to time of the GC promotion?


If the Global Catalog box is selected in NTDS Settings object properties then you are good unless you are experiencing any specific issues.

Also as mentioned above Check if it's showing IsGlobalCatalog is True
Get-ADDomainController -Filter * | select name,IsGlobalCatalog

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Get-ADDomainController -Filter * | select name,IsGlobalCatalog

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Thats going to show GC status for all servers in the domain.  But that may be useful to him as well.
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by:Thomas_1991
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Result of the ps-commands are "true".

Also when i check unter H_KEY_LOCAL_Machine\system\currentcontrolset\services\ntds\parameters the entry "global catalog promotion complete" is 0x0000001.

I think from AD site is all ok. Just wondering about the event. And that on 4 DC´s
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If you can't find the events prior to time of the GC promotion then event might have overwritten. I cannot think of any other possible reasons for missing the event.
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i have changed the eventlog properties that it cant be overwritten.
No success. Still no eventlog 1119 or other gobal catalog events.
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i have promoted a new DC of course...and changed the log size bevor promotion
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I've found the problem...i had just 1 domain. After adding a second domain the event is logged
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Ah.. ok that make sense..  Once the domain controller is promoted as to a GC, domain partitions in the forest will be replicated to the new GC. I think 1119 is generated once all partitions have successfully replicated to the newly promoted GC. For single domain controller partitions are already updated and nothing to replicate.
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by:Thomas_1991
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Yes, i think so, too. Nice to know
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