RE: DSAccess can't find domain controller

  • From: "George Duncanson" <george@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "[ExchangeList]" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2002 09:30:40 +0200

Thanks for the reply.
The renamed DC was the Global catalog but I swapped the roles to another DC
before demoting renaming and repromoting. This seemed fine and worked for a
few weeks. I've also tried it setting 2 DC's as Global catalogs but no luck
here. I have also tried demoting another DC and promoting a different
server. Again no joy. DsAccess lists the servers but as "not responding".
I think it is a connection to global catalog problem. Any idea how to
reconnect them?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kalpesh Pitale" <kalpesh.pitale@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "[ExchangeList]" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, September 12, 2002 4:31 AM
Subject: [exchangelist] RE: DSAccess can't find domain controller

The renamed DC was the only Global catalog server in your domain ??

Can you have one more global catalog server ??

Did you try demotind the renamed DC and readding to domain ??

You may like to tell you some more things regarding this problem.

Hope this helps !!

Kalpesh Pitale.
-----Original Message-----
From: George Duncanson [mailto:george@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Thursday, 12 September 2002 8:47 AM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] DSAccess can't find domain controller

I'd be extremely grateful for any thoughts on the following.

Setup: win 2k sp2 Ex 2000 sp3 (was SP2 at the time of the grief. Hoped SP3
would solve the problem. no chance!)

Grief :  Numerous error messages in system and application logs but they all
seem to stem from DSAccess being unable to find a domain controller. I get
event ID 2102 "All Domain controllers in use are not responding" I also get:
DSAccess will use the servers from the following list
Domain Controllers:

Global Catalog Servers:

The configuration controller is set to <none>

When I try to force DSAcccess to use a DC as a configuration controller,
with the registry,  I'm told it can't be found in the Sites container.(It's
Manually starting the Sytem attendent gives me "no errors but can't start"

This leads on to Metabase failures (ID 1002 and 1004), Unknown Errors in
exchange system (1005) etc.
The system log shows that it starts the IFS but can't find the paths to the
m: drive which is not surprising as the store and attendent don't start.
Ending with two fatal errors creating SSL credentials (ID 36871)

One of the three DC's was renamed a few weeks ago but all was working
perfectly until I went on holiday last week! 24 hours after I left I'm told
that things just stopped working for no good reason..........

All else seems fine. AD replication, DNS etc. I've looked at numerous KB
aricles and checked permissions and DNS etc to no avail. Obviously my
exchange server has lost sight of my DC's (how?) and perhaps this is a
win2000 problem but all else seems to be fine?
Is reinstalling with /domainprep the best solution here? Am I missing
something simple?

Grateful for any help. My users are getting antsy without their mail (and
not happy that I went on holiday!)
Many thanks

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