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Server 2012 Secondary Domain Controller not picking up AD nor DNS responsibilities RRS feed

  • Question

  • I had a single Domain Controller providing AD, DNS and  DHCP.  I went through the steps to add a Secondary Domain Controller.  All the AD and DNS info shows up in the Secondary Server, however, when my original Domain Controller is turned off, the second Domain Controller is not taking over for AD and DNS.

    Wednesday, December 31, 2014 4:23 PM

Answers

  • Hi Bayousmurf,

    Good that you made some progress. However, can you please provide us the information on how you acheived transfering FSMO role to another DC since you had some issue earlier?

    Your initial intention was to demote the original DC. Please follow the below link for the steps to demote the DC.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-in/library/jj574104.aspx

    Still if I power off the original DC the new one isn't taking up DNS.  Still looking into the DNS...

    Can you please elaborate what exactly you are looking for? When you power off original DC, you don't see DNS in new DC? Is your DNS active directory integrated? If not please follow the below procedure to make it as a AD integrated. Once done, then, power off original DC and look in new DC to see if DNS shows up.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1954324/configure-active-directory-integrated-dns-zone-windows-server-2012-dns-server.html

    Thanks,

    Umesh.S.K

    • Proposed as answer by Vivian_Wang Friday, January 9, 2015 3:11 AM
    • Marked as answer by Vivian_Wang Monday, January 12, 2015 8:48 AM
    Wednesday, January 7, 2015 3:04 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    So did you want to demote the original Domain Controller?

    If yes, you need to transfer all the FSMO role to secondary Domain Controller.

    Did you check the replication between Domain Controllers is ok?

    If you just want to add the secondary Domain Controller, did you verify DNS server configutaion for the additional domain controller?

    Verify DNS Server Configuration for a Domain Controller

    http://technet.microsoft.com/ru-ru/library/cc794789(v=ws.10).aspx

    It is recommeded to have at least two DC/DNS/GC server per domain.

    Regards.


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    Thursday, January 1, 2015 9:54 AM
  • Yes I am wanting to demote, is there a link you can provide to HOW to transfer FSMO roles' to the secondary DC?

    I verified the DNS Server configuration, as the link you provided described as well, look correct.

    Regards


    Friday, January 2, 2015 2:47 PM
  • Hi Bayousmurf,

    Check this link

    http://www.archy.net/windows-server-2012-migrating-fsmo-roles/

    Thanks,

    Umesh.S.K

    Friday, January 2, 2015 3:00 PM
  • Fails on moving the Operation Master...   on command line.   Using the GUI, it will not let me change it at all the "Change" button is disabled.  Still searching 
    Friday, January 2, 2015 5:18 PM
  • Hi,

    Are you trying with the account which has enterprise domain admin rights?

    Thanks,

    Umesh.S.K

    Saturday, January 3, 2015 12:55 PM
  • Hi,

    Any update about the issue?

    Please feel free to let us know if you need further assistance.

    Regards.


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    Wednesday, January 7, 2015 5:46 AM
  • Ok, I have made some progress. I followed the roles transfer and everything is pointed to the new.  

    C:>netdom /query fsmo
    Schema master               opah.swamp.alex
    Domain naming master        opah.swamp.alex
    PDC                         opah.swamp.alex
    RID pool manager            opah.swamp.alex
    Infrastructure master       opah.swamp.alex
    The command completed successfully.

    Still if I power off the original DC the new one isn't taking up DNS.  Still looking into the DNS...

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015 2:50 PM
  • Hi Bayousmurf,

    Good that you made some progress. However, can you please provide us the information on how you acheived transfering FSMO role to another DC since you had some issue earlier?

    Your initial intention was to demote the original DC. Please follow the below link for the steps to demote the DC.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-in/library/jj574104.aspx

    Still if I power off the original DC the new one isn't taking up DNS.  Still looking into the DNS...

    Can you please elaborate what exactly you are looking for? When you power off original DC, you don't see DNS in new DC? Is your DNS active directory integrated? If not please follow the below procedure to make it as a AD integrated. Once done, then, power off original DC and look in new DC to see if DNS shows up.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1954324/configure-active-directory-integrated-dns-zone-windows-server-2012-dns-server.html

    Thanks,

    Umesh.S.K

    • Proposed as answer by Vivian_Wang Friday, January 9, 2015 3:11 AM
    • Marked as answer by Vivian_Wang Monday, January 12, 2015 8:48 AM
    Wednesday, January 7, 2015 3:04 PM