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Ultimate Geek

# 18455 10-Jan-2008 23:04
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Hi There,

I have 2 servers and one is running as the primary domain controller, that has set up and been configured as a domain controller buttttt....

The second server wont join the domain as a domain controller, I run the active directory set-up and the error that i get while processing it at the very last step is :

Active Directory Installation Wizard

The operation failed because:

Active Directory could not create the NTDS Settings objects for this domain controller... Ensure the provided networks credentials have sufficient permissions.

"The RPC Server is unavailable"

Any help is much apreciated! thanks!

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Ultimate Geek


  # 104124 10-Jan-2008 23:10
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I have had those RPC Servere not available problem and it was  the remote desktop connectivity playing..are you connecting remotely? Did you do a restart (well, yes) of that remote server?

And, are you trying to join this as a Backup domain controller or ?? There can only be on PDC in a network


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  # 104126 10-Jan-2008 23:13
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It is as a secondary domain controlelr so to speak. They are both giving everyone user files and data.

I am doing it localy as i find that when installing roles you can have problems with the server not acting as it should.


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Ultimate Geek

  # 104182 11-Jan-2008 11:29
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all that I have on both of the servers is windows fiewall, on the first server windows firewall is disabled because of the service "windows firewall/internet sharing service" is stopped, the computer told me to stop it so i did, to get the first server onto the domain.

on the second server I have turned Windows Firewall Off for the time being.

Otherwise there is nothing else on these servers,

I have done all optional and important updates. and they both have the latest possible drivers.

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Master Geek

  # 104294 11-Jan-2008 19:25
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Does it ask you to authenticate when trying to join it, and if so, what account? Admin on the PDC?

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Ultimate Geek

  # 104295 11-Jan-2008 19:40
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Hi there,

It does ask to authenticate on the pdc, and if you enter the incorrect details it will not continue with the installation.

The authentication ibncludes username which is the administrator account, the password, and also the domain, all entered manually, and using the netbios domain.

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Master Geek

  # 104297 11-Jan-2008 20:16
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Okay, can you advise the OS's on both servers, are they virtual servers at all? Secondly is the time correct on both?

The logs that the wizards make may be of some use:

Whenever you encounter errors running the Active Directory Installation Wizard (Dcpromo.exe), examine the Dcpromoxx.log files. These files (Dcpromo.log and Dcpromoui.log) are located in the % SystemRoot %\debug folder

Its a Server 2K page but from memory they didnt change much in 2K3.



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Ultimate Geek

  # 104298 11-Jan-2008 20:30
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Both servers are on server 2003 enterprise edition, will have a look when i get back, am away from the home till tomorrow.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 104325 12-Jan-2008 00:49
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Is the account you are using to add the machine a member of the enterprise admins?

You can try running dcdiag and netdiag on your current domain controler and make sure all is well there.

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  # 104349 12-Jan-2008 10:36
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I believe it is, will check for sure later.

It is the Administrator account that comes loaded on when server 2003 enterprise edition is installed, so I believe it should be a member of the "enterprise Admins"

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