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Can I move a BDC to the internal network

By talbot ·
I am currently setting up a MS proxy environment. I have set up the proxy machine, and have attached the interal card to a hub. I then moved a BDC and a client machine to the hub. I was hoping the BDC would validate client logons and thus I couldtest the User permissions I've set up on proxy. But when a client logs on from a client machine, it says a DC can not be found.

I can log on as anyone in my domain onto the BDC itself though. In addition, when I open User Manager for Domains on the BDC, the list is empty, saying "a DC could not be found" Is this list not alterable on the BDC and therefore, does not appear? When I open Server manager the BDC appears as a BDC and I get the error message "a PDC could not be found".

Every node on the hub has been assigned a valid internal IP address. All machines can ping eachother. Do I have to promote the BDC to a PDC to get my environment up and running? I thought this would be straightforward becasue I know the PDC delegatesthe task of authenti

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by ARWJnPlanoTX In reply to Can I move a BDC to the i ...

A BDC cannot be the boss DC. You have to have a PDC on the network for a BDC to function properly. If the internal network is isolated you can promote the BDC to PDC and it should operate normally. You may have to manual add your users back in User Manager.

If you are going to put it back with the original PDC later, do it when there is not very much netork activity. Take the original PDC offline, put the BDC (now promoted to PDC) online then add the original PDC back. Your should be prompted on which one you want as PDC.

Hope this helps.

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Can I move a BDC to the internal network

by talbot In reply to Can I move a BDC to the i ...

Thanks alot for your help. This is exactly what the problem is.

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Can I move a BDC to the internal network

by calves In reply to Can I move a BDC to the i ...

I think your problem is that the IP number of the server doesn't match the new internal scoope in your network. Please disregard this message if I miss understood you, but it seems to me that you just forgot that the server IP is fix, if you put that server on a different segment, the server cannot find others as others can't find it either.
You need to change the IP address of the server to an internal number, and that segment needs the PDC which will need to have it's IP changed and so on. if you have a WINS, delete all entries for the server in it, and eventually, take it out of the server manager and re-join the network, once all the DCs are inside.

Good luck!

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by talbot In reply to Can I move a BDC to the i ...

nah, i changed the servers IPs to one valid in my internal scope. Thanks for the suggestion though.

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