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Window 2003 R2 unable to allocate a relative identifier

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Hi experts,

I took over a DC from the previous admin, but we had a power power failure and the DC went down.  After a few hours i was able to bring it up.  The hardware is very flaky so i decided to convert it to a VM with ESXI.  It pushed over fine, and i was able to boot into it.  

Now i get errors of "unable to allocate a relative identifier" on anything i do.  I can't add a computer to the domain, i cant create any users, users network time is completely off, etc.

Any help is welcome!
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by:FOX
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From what I am reading this may be a RID master error.   That role needs to be seized.   Is this the only domain controller in your environment?
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Using this guide scroll down to the section where you will SEIZE fSMO ROLE and follow the directions to seize the RID master role

ref link: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/255504
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by:kabrutus
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Yes, this is the only DC.  the other one is having hardware issuses.  this is why i pushed it to the VM
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by:FOX
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open an elevated command prompt and run the command
netdom query fsmo


Your RID master may have got corrupted with the failed DC
The role may be pointing to the corrupted box.  Use the seize command to rehome it to this server
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by:kabrutus
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it has come up with cread.server.local which is old server decommissioned a few years ago.  I need this server to be the DC.  msgsvre.server.local  

How do i set this up as the main DC?  The old decommissioned (cread) server is long gone.
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by:FOX
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Use these instructions to seize the fsmo role to this server  -Seize not transfer

ref link: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/255504

Only the Rid role was pointing to the old server?
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by:kabrutus
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All roles were pointing to cread.server.local.

None were pointing to the new VM server msgsvre.server.local

Should i seize every role?
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by:FOX
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Yes, seize all of them
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by:kabrutus
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I seized them all, now i run netdom query fsmo and it now shows the correct server.  Is there anything else i should do?
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See if you can perform any tasks without it throwing that error it was throwing
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by:kabrutus
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It looks good.  i was able to create a user and also add another 2003 server to the domain.  Should i create this 2003 server as domain controller?  LIke that i have a backup just in case this server VM dies?
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No, 2003 is out of life.  Let's get up to speed for your own good

Right now you have a single point of failure.  Being that you have a VM environment I want you to spin up a 2012r2 server, fully patch it, and then follow these steps to add it as a DC to your 2003 domain.

ref link: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/canitpro/2013/05/05/step-by-step-adding-a-windows-server-2012-domain-controller-to-an-existing-windows-server-2003-network/
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Spin up 2012r2, fully patch it, add it as a member server to your domain, then follow the steps to promote it as a DC in to your 2003 domain.
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by:kabrutus
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Ok, i will give it a shot.  For now i will close this question.  If i have issues, i will ask a new one.  Thanks again Foxluv!
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by:kabrutus
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Great support!  you are very knowledgeable!
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Good work
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