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By BraveLittleToaster ·
Here is the story: My netowrk previously ran two seperate domain controllers under NT, one is DOMAIN1 and one is DOMAIN2. The DOMAIN1 server was upgraded to windows 2000 server as the DOMAIN2 server remained NT. I am have now retired the DOMAIN2 server and replaced it with an entirly different computer system running win2 advanced server. Keep in mind both servers are now operating independantly.
The issue: After sucessfully transfering the user accounts from the DOMAIN2 NT system to the new DOMAIN2 2k system and powering down the old DOMAIN2 computer, transfered as well as new users do not recognize the domain when attempting logons.

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by DC1 In reply to Active Directory Remains ...

Assuming that DOMAIN2 was the PDC for its domain, you could not have added the new W2K server as a BDC so any users that you transferred (?) as well as created are only local user accounts so the user would have to be logged in at the server console. By shutting down the DOMAIN2 server you have effectively shut down any domain authentication.

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by Sojournist In reply to Active Directory Remains ...

If I understand this, you had two domains, each with one Windows NT PDC. DOMAIN1 was upgraded in place.

According to what you've submitted, you had a PDC online in Domain2 when you stood up Active Directory. 2K doesn't play backup to NT. Both servers would be acting as Primary Domain controllers (with the 2k server holding the PDC Emulator master role).

If you only powered off DOMAIN2, you are still good. Run DCPROMO on your new 2K Domain Controller to demote it to member server, thenplug the old domain controller into the network. Ensure that it is promoted to PDC if neccessary. At this point you have rolled back the domain to NT. Then upgrade the _PDC_ to 2K. The PDC _MUST_ but upgraded first.

When the upgrade is complete, promote the 2k member server back to a Domain Controller. After replication, you can demote the your old DOMAIN2 server and pull it off the network (if you want to retire it).

Having two PDCs on a domain is like bringing your girlfriend to your wife's birthday party. Lots of fighting and no service for you.

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