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Changing Domain Controllers

Q: Changing Domain Controllers

Hope this belongs here............

I have some questions regarding changing the hardware in my domain controller. Im basically rebuilding it with new Processor, RAM, Mobo, etc.
Its just a desktop computer running Windows Server 2003. I plan to keep all the names of the machine and IP/domain the same. Is there anything I need to lookout for by doing this? I dont want to lose my active directory and user accounts on the machines that rely on this domain controller. Can I just build the new server, set it up as a domain controller with all the same settings and the computers will be aable to log into the new controller with the same users?

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We have a primary and secondary domain controller on our network. We use a windows 2000 exchange server as our primary controller and another server as our secondary controller. to start, the active directories are not the same, as they should be between the two servers. how do i fix that?

the other problem I am starting to have is that the Windows xp client machines can't find the domain after being rebooted. I end up having to rejoin the domain in order to get the client machines to log on. If the client logs off, without rebooting, logging back onto the domain is no problem. I think this has something to do with the clients trying to log onto the secondary controller for some reason, and since the active directories arent sync'd, its only causing more problems...can anyone shed some light on the subject? thanks.

A:Domain Controllers

Hey DVation, sounds like you need to force replication for Active Directory between your Primary and Secondary domain controllers. Only members of Domain Admins or Enterprise Admins groups can perform this function unless you have been delegated the appropropriate permissions.
Refer to the following link for details:
As far as your XP machines go, make sure that your DNS suffix for each PC is correct and that your IP, DNS, and Gateway addresses are correct. Windows 2000/XP use DNS for name resolution in an Active Directory environment. Also, is Active Directory running in Mixed Mode or Native Mode?

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I have quite a number of DC's and the configuration of port mirroring is something that we just cant take on.

I understand there is going to be a release of ATA where the port mirroring is not a requirement and an agent will take that role on the DC.

Anyone heard of this?

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Hi Just installed the latest version of Windows 2003 for Small Business (Sp1)

I have installed this OS on a new Fujitsu PRIMERGY TX150 S4.

Now I want just to use this Server as a server on a Workgroup. But the OS insists that it should be the Domain Controller. And then it just shuts it self down. Below is a log from the event viewer. Is there a way around this or will I have to bow down to the might of Microsoft. Just don't really want to configure the entire Lan from workgroup to Domain
Event ID 1014
Source SBCore

This computer must be configured as a domain controller. It will be shut down in 30 minutes. To prevent this computer from shutting down, run Setup on the disk that you used to install the operating system to configure the computer as a domain controller.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

A:Domain Controllers - Can anyone help please

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i configured a domain controller on my virtualbox and i want to connect another DC to it. the guest machine is windoms 8. the network adapter i used is NAT. first DC IP:192,168,5.2, Gateway:, Subnet mask: and DNS as the gateway IP. for the second domain controller, server IP:, gateway: and DNS as the IP of the first DC.. dont know why they are not communicating with each other. The moment i run dcpromo on the second DC it comes up with an error message to check my DNS and the domain name...it comes with this error too, 0x000005B4_TIMEOUT.....CAN ANYONE HELP

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I just swapped out domain controllers and am now having synchronizing issues. It is still looking for the old server that i just replaced and i cant make it look for the new one. Does anyone have any suggestions?


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Unless i am missing something we cant "detect" a new domain controller added to a enviroment as this is a "regular" task , not sure if admin logging on to new server would trigger in a enviroment that have been running more than 30 days

Adding Domain Controllers to sentisive groups
Listing Domain Controllers not monitored by ATA
List newly created/removed domain controllers

Would be a great feature for future versions

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Actually, I have 2 DC's 1 Threat Management Gateway, 1 Windows Server (Web Server), 1 Windows Storage Server, 2 Exchange servers and 1 Sharepoint Server and 2 Hyper-V servers. ALL Running Server 2008 R2

Should I be upgrading any of these to SP1?

A:Upgrade Domain Controllers to SP1 or not

Hello Abuttino,

I would recommend to wait until the "official" SP1 RTM is released by Microsoft sometime this first quarter of 2011. Afterwards, it should be available in Windows Update, and for download (standalone version) directly from Microsoft.

Hope this helps,

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I have only got 2 domain controllers on my network, the primary server deals with all my DNS, file charing etc, server2 is our proxy server but also doubles up as a backup domain controller.
The problem is server2 cannot update active directory from server1
i get the following message when trying to connect to server1 from server2
"The domain controller server1 was not validated because. The RPC server is unavailable"
I am also getting plenty of error events on both servers, the error i am getting on server1 is event 1645
"The Directory Service received a failure while trying to perform an authenticated RPC call to another Domain Controller. The failure is that the desired Service Principal Name (SPN) is not registered on the target server. The server being contacted is daa52d87-1d82-44f1-b032-a6930524e669._msdcs.isenterprisesintl.co.uk. The SPN being used is E3514235-4B06-11D1-AB04-00C04FC2DCD2/daa52d87-1d82-44f1-b032-a693[email protected]
Please verify that the names of the target server and domain are correct. Please also verify that the SPN is registered on the computer account object for the target server on the KDC servicing the request. If the target server has been recently promoted, it will be necessary for knowledge of this computer's identity to replicate to the KDC before this computer can be authenticated. "
I have looked this up on ms.com and found an article explaing a hotfix will fix this. All updates are installed, so it obvious... Read more

A:Domain controllers cant replicate

just been running a few more checks and have seen a descrepancy between the 2 servers
Schema server = server1
Domain server = server1
PDC server = server1
RID server = server1
Infrastructure server = server1
Schema server = server1
Domain server = server1
PDC server = server1
RID server = server1
Infrastructure server = server2 ---- ????

I have tried to change this setting on server2 in active directory operations masters, but it says
"The current domain controller is the operations master. To transfer the operations master role to another computer, you must first conenct to it"
But it wont let me connect to the other DC because it cant find the RPC server!!! argghh
is there another way to alter these settings?? anyone??

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I have an older 2000 server which is a domain controller, I can not for the life of me figure out how to demote the machine so i can rejoin it to a new domain. I do not need two domain controllers in this network.
any ideas on how to? i already tried start>run>dcpromo

I decided to post here since i didn't see a section for server 2000. thanks

A:problems with Domain controllers

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Hi everybody,
after my last Implementation of ATA (one week ago) I got a strange "condition". It's an implementation with LWGW on all DCs (Server 2012 R2), no seperate gateway installation.
Everything worked like a charm, as always, just worked through the deployment guide. We get alerts on DNS Enums or suspitious AD requests. We see logons on different member servers and clients if we search for them. We see changes to security groups and
we even see if I create a new service on one of the DCs so I guess event forwarding works.
What we don't see: Any logons on the domain controllers. It doesn't matter if I rdp into one of the DCs or via console. If I search for one of the domain controllers and let ATA show the "profile page" of it, the timeline ist just empty. Tried
different DCs, different user accounts, even created new users and new domain admins. ATA doesn't recognize any logon on domain controllers.
I appreciate any hints.


Thanks, regards, tim

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Hi All,
I am trying to configure ATA Lightweight gateway on additional domain controller. I am getting the error.
The Console, https://ata.domain.com,  returned an error while attempting to register  the gateway. For more details, please review the Center error logs.

I can open https://ata.domain.com from the DC without any issue and the Port required for the communication is open.
There is no error in Application or system logs on DC or ATA server.
Center error logs in ATA is also not pointing to any error.

Thank you for assistance.

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I was excited to see that the new ATA 1.6 has a Lightweight Gateway that no longer requires port mirroring by installing it directly on the Domain Controllers. This makes total sense to me and gives me confidence in this ATA team. We have VMWare
and the port mirroring was an issue.
However, we are not excited about the .NET requirement on the Domain Controllers. The installation does indicate it is needed for the setup, but does anyone know if we can uninstall the .NET component once the installation is complete? Any thoughts?

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At my work we have an active directory domain. In the root of this domain there are two domain controllers.

ie dc1.mywork.com, dc2.mywork.com

When users login, they always seem to get authenticated by dc2, as you can see the login script running from that server, and when we shut down dc2, no one can login.

(have not shut down dc2 for any length of time to see if dc1 will eventually "take over" the login duties)

Where can I specify which server provides authentication for the domain? Or can I be assured that dc1 will take over for dc2 when dc2 goes down?

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I have over 400 domain controllers. The initial look at ATA seemed to require port mirroring on the DC's and that was just impossible. I was told an agent of some type on the DC's was coming. Is that an option now?

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i have changed the domain of the computer (from say old.net to new.net).
there is a folder shared on another machine on old.net domain. the user X was able to access it. aftter changing his domain from old.net to new.net he no longer can access that shared folder.
User X has working credentials for both domains.

on accessing it it asks for credentials. upon entering his correct user name in the format (old.net\X) he is not able to access it.

i had exactly same setup with another user Y and he was able to access data .

is there anything that i am missing ?

also accessing that folder first time asked for credentials but now it doesnt asks .. why ? there is nothign in credentials manager.


A:cannot access shared folder after changing domain with old domain cred


Have you removed/re-added the User's credentials (from the PC with shared folder) with the new domain name?
Also, make sure that the shared folder has Everyone permission in the Security Tab.

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Wait! I thought HP was acronym for Hewlett Packard not High Point. I bought I HP 2120S adaptec u320 controller to replace the u160 scsi adaptec scsi controller now on the machine. My question is how to transfer the files on the u160 drive to the new u320 drive?

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Can Microsoft please provide methodology for setting up Windows Event forwarding (Sender initiated) for a Domain Controller based on a Windows Server 2012 R2 Core installation? Unfortunately all of your documentation relies on using the local Event
Viewer GUI to set this up. Connecting Event Viewer from a full Server 2012 installation to a Core Installation loses this ability entirely. The only option I've tried to employ so far leverages an .xml file, but I am not sure it is working correctly.

Please note: this is for Windows Security Event ID 4776 ingestion.

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I have the latest version of ATA - 1.9.7312.32791
I have deployed ATA Lightweight Gateway to many domain controllers throughout my organisation from exactly the same "Microsoft ATA Gateway setup.exe" with accompanying .json file in the same folder.

Nearly all the Domain Controllers have been Windows Server 2016 Core with a quiet install via command line.
The installation has worked perfectly with the exception of two domain controllers on the same physical subnet/site.
The installation error code in the log is:
Error [\[]TaskAwaiter[\]] System.Net.Http.HttpRequestException: An error occurred while sending the request. ---> System.Net.WebException: The underlying connection was closed: An unexpected error occurred on a send. ---> System.IdentityModel.Tokens.SecurityTokenValidationException:
Failed to validate certificate thumbprint [\[]thumbprint=FC78E602AA1E8BF57CC2270E81788E5ADC511DF4[\]]

Seeing as every other installation worked fine, I suspect something must be blocking or interfering with the certificate being successfully negotiated back at the ATA centre
The likelyhood if being an error with the JSON file is extremely small as the failures occurred in the middle of the installation program, with successful implementations either side of the two that failed.

What can I get the network team to check regarding firewalls, network traffic or blocked ports?

Has anyone seen similar?

Thank you


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I want to set all my domain controllers (DC and RDC) to pull time from time.windows.com. In order to achieve this I am planing to create a gp (Computer Configuration/Policies/Administrative Templates/System/Windows Time Service/Time Providers)and
link to Domain Controller OU.
My question is, is it the best thing to do, or is there any risk or best practices with respect to this.

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After the 1.9 upgrade we got an Timeline event about Brute Force attacks.
When investigating and looking at Event Logs >Security I started to panic when noticing 4776 errors against user: "administrator" and the source workstation was always a domain controller.
This would happen every few seconds.  Stopping the ATA gateway service on the domain controllers stopped this behaviour.
Any ideas or recommendations?
The computer attempted to validate the credentials for an account.

Logon Account:    [email protected]
Source Workstation:    DC4
Error Code:    0xc0000064

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I am attempting to lab up ATA 1.7.1, and am having a similar issue to the following ATA Forum thread: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/security/en-US/c817193a-9859-48fa-a208-eb644b17005b/service-on-lightweight-gateway-wont-start?forum=mata
Event viewer is showing that the service is attempting to restart, and the ATA logs are full of this error (occurs every 20 seconds):
2016-10-18 23:49:50.2983 856 5 00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000 Error [DirectoryServicesClient+<OnInitializeAsync>d__12] Microsoft.Tri.Infrastructure.ExtendedException: Domain controllers are not configured
at Microsoft.Tri.Gateway.Resolution.DirectoryServices.DirectoryServicesClient.<OnInitializeAsync>d__12.MoveNext()
--- End of stack trace from previous location where exception was thrown ---
at System.Runtime.CompilerServices.TaskAwaiter.ThrowForNonSuccess(Task task)
at System.Runtime.CompilerServices.TaskAwaiter.HandleNonSuccessAndDebuggerNotification(Task task)
at Microsoft.Tri.Infrastructure.Framework.Module.<InitializeAsync>d__18.MoveNext()
--- End of stack trace from previous location where exception was thrown ---
at System.Runtime.CompilerServices.TaskAwaiter.ThrowForNonSuccess(Task task)
at System.Runtime.CompilerServices.TaskAwaiter.HandleNonSuccessAndDebuggerNotification(Task task)
at Microsoft.Tri.Infrastructure.Framework.ModuleManager.<OnInitializeAsync>d__4.MoveNext()
--- End of stack trace from previous location whe... Read more

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I come to you again seeking help. We have a problem with our logon and startup to our Windows 7 Enterprise system. We have more than 3000 Windows Desktops situated in roughly 20+ buildings around
campus. Almost every computer on campus has the problem that I will be describing. I have spent over two months peering over etl files from Windows Performance Analyzer (A great product) and hundreds of thousands of event logs. I come to you today humbled
that I could not figure this out. The problem as simply put our logon times are extremely long. An average first time logon is roughly 2-10 minutes depending on the software installed. All computers are Windows 7, the oldest computers being 5 years old. Startup
times on various computers range from good (1-2 minutes) to very bad (5-60). Our second time logons range from 30 seconds to 4 minutes. We have a gigabit connection between each computer on the network. We have 5 domain controllers which also double as our
DNS servers.
My original posts on:
Technet: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/w7itproperf/thread/e8400dbe-e6b8-4b1d-8851-a03e7af32e6e
Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/sysadmin/comments/w5f38/network_logon_issues_with_group_policy_and/
I followed a lot of what you all told me to do from testing the domain controllers with dcdiag and also completing netlogon tests. I did group policy tests where I got rid of the group policy
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A:Major Network Logon Issues (8 Domain Controllers and 3.5 thousand workstations) DNS, Time Server, DHCP, and Group Policy Errors


I would like to suggest using Network Monitor to troubleshoot the issue.


Jeremy Wu
TechNet Community Support

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I installed Windows 8 on a laptop that will connect to a domain. I will be installing software under the domain that suggests the UAC be turned off. I logged in as the local user and turned it off, then logged into the domain to turn it off. When accessing the UAC under the domain, I am prompted to input a user with administrative credentials to "Allow the UAC to make changes to this computer". I input the domain administrative user and password, which then access the UAC. When I attempt to turn the UAC to off, I get a notification that I need to log in under an Administrator, and am unable to access the lower two settings of the UAC. Why is that, when I used my administrative password to log to allow the UAC to make changes?

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I was recently assigned a project to migrate our landing pages from Marketo(a marketing automation tool which gives you the option of creating landing pages based on a domain chosen by you) to our wordpress server. Currently the networking and web devs have decided to clone all our landing pages on the new server and then map the DNS( www.example.com) from the old to the new server. This would mean I just have to create all the landing pages and its assets we currently use in Marketo on the wordpress server and make sure the hierarchy of the files is the same So For example, example.com/data-cleansing clone would be IPAddress/data-cleansing. When we map example.com to the new server, it would change from IPAddress/data-cleansing to example.com/data-cleansing similar to the URL of Marketo landing page. We would have no down time, and if we are using the link example.com/data-cleansing somewhere, access to it won't be affected. My question is: is it this simple or is there sth more to it?
My research shows that if both the web servers are static, this method would work conditional on the fact the both the servers are using the same CMS. How do I know whether the servers used by Marketo are static or dynamic? Secondly, our server is using wordpress and I am not sure what CMS Marketo is using. Does these things matter or not?

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I recently built a new PDC for my network and created a new domain. I discontinued the old PDC, but my old BDC still is assocated with the old domain, how do I put this BDC under the new domain. I know I can reinstall NT server and create a new BDC, but I am looking for alternatives.

A:changing domain names on a BDC

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Here is the story, I got a laptop from my college and to use it I have to use my student number and password. Well its the weekend now and I wanted to do some file sharing between my desktop computer and my laptop and so on my laptop I changed it from using a domain to a workgroup, it asked me to restart the computer and so I did. When it came back to me having to log in I entered my student id and pass but now its saying that I have chosen the wrong domain name. Now I can't log in or do anything, i've tried to start it in safe mode but it still makes me log in first. Is there any way I can change it back to a domain instead of a workgroup?

A:changing from domain to workgroup

Welcome necrophilms, Check out this link, it should have all the info you need. Stay away from your domain and just setup a new work group.



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Greetings everyone,

I hope someone can help me regarding the following issue.

I have a machine running server 2003... and all other computers are connected to it. Its a domain network.
The client machines all derive time from the server.
I tried changing the server time using remote desktop-(logged in as administrator in the server) from a client machine, the time did change but this was just temporary. Once i log out and log in again(as administrator remote desktop)in the server, the time is still running around 6 minutes late.

Your help would be highly appreciated.

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Hi all,

I'm somwhat of a newbie and taking on more of our network responsibilities. I have stumbled across a problem. We were experiencing some problems with machines contacting the WSUS server (part of DC - server 2003). I found out that there are many, many redundant SIDs resulting from cloned PCs using ghost. I can force each PC to contact WSUS by deleting AU registry keys, resetting the security descriptor, and restarting the wuau service. However, this is quite cumbersome as we have several hundred PCs in the domain.

What I would like to do is run NewSID on all PCs in the domain through a script or GP. *Then* reset the security descriptor - which I can do via logon script. The problem is - I don't think I can run NewSID via a script b/c it needs admin priveleges. I don't have much scripting experience but am learning as much as I can. Does anyone have any suggestions or something perhaps I'm missing? Thanks in advance.

A:Solved: Changing SIDs across domain

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Is it possible to change the domain name in Win2K without breaking anything?

I have the FAQ for doing this in NT 4.0, but it says it is ONLY for NT 4.0.

If I can't do this, I'm gonna have to redo the server from scratch - argh! :-(

Anyone have any good news?



A:Changing Domain Name in Windows 2000

I have w/o any major pains. That's assuming it's a private domain. Just make sure any other systems that reference that domain are changed as well.

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I've just installed NT on a new server with some difficulty but it's now finally up. Problem is I had set it to be a BDC to an existing PDC but that did not occur! Is there a way to change the setting without reloading Windows NT??? please

A:{Advice Offered} - Changing PDC to BDC domain

if you are asking how do you promote this to be a pdc, then open server manager highlight the server you want to promote, click on the menu option computer, promote to primary domain controller.

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Hi there!

To get right to the point:

I work in a company. Our Server is running NT, our computers on W2K and WinXP. To better secure our computers, we have ticked "change passwords every 60 days" on the server.

This works very well for every person working in the company.

We have a few laptop users, though - and there is one problem: They get the "You have to change password" messages after the 60 days, so they change the passwords.

However, as soon as they connect to the server (let's say via VPN) the server gets confused since there are two conflicting passwords - worst case scenario is that the account gets disabled (best case being it ignores the error if you use old password for logon to VPN, but in most cases, we get loads of calls after 60 days).

I know this problem wouldn't occur if the users would first connect to the Domain via VPN and then change their password.

Is there any other way around this?



A:Problems with changing passwords when not in Domain

Can anyone help me on this?

Pretty please!

Rhadan, rj

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Hi I'm running win 7 enterprise sp1 on one of my pcs.  The pc was configured to run on our sister company's domain A with the creds I have there.  I want to change the pc's behavior to accomplish the following:
I'd like to add the userid etc I have here on domain B and have the ability to login to the machine as a user on B.  Without wiping the pc clean.  When I try to add a user acct whose domain is B, I get an error saying that my userid (on B)
doesn't exist which makes sense to me because verification is probably completely related to infrastructure in domain A.  Ultimately I'd like to change the pc name too because I know there is an entry somewhere in verification in domain B that checks
if this pc is known to domain B and associated with my userid in domain B.  It feels kind of like a chicken and egg thing.  The pc was shipped to me from support at the sister company when my older laptop (domain b) went down.  I'd always have
the ability to vpn into (and/or use ip addresses there) domain a so I'm not concerned at all about losing any defaults etc related to domain a. 
I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this question.   I hope the language I'm using comes close to describing what I'm trying to do.

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When I change the domain of a NT4 Server, lock workstation, then later unlock, the server spends a great deal of time looking for a list of domains.

Before it can finish, it begins a memory dump. On one server, I removed all references of the previous domain for the registry, it stopped the memory dump, but no the long delay looking for the list of domains. Can someone help me fix this? I really do not want to reinstall NT (which is what I ended up doing with my other server).

Thank you

A:NT4-changing domain.....memory dump

I would try reloading the service pack.

Make sure the server name does not appear in the domain under server manager.

Something else to try is to put the server in a workgroup called workgroup and then try to join the other domain.

If above does not work try removing all services under networking and then put them all back.

None of these are definite cures but this is what I would try.

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Hello TSG,
Question.... I friends father has a lab with 5 pc's and a server. Server is Win2K... It have given him many problems. What I will be doing is changing the domain back to workgroup and pulling the server off (Think he is taking it home). No need for a domain in you only have 5 PC's. He agree's. My question is. What whill happen to the user accounts on the PC's ? Each pc has about 2 to 5 user accounts on them . Thanks for you time

A:Changing Domain To Workgroup Question

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We are re-IP addressing one of our offices and then new IP addresses will be totally different from what was used previously. We have two windows 2000 Domain Controlers running Active Directory, DNS, DHCP and WINS and we are concerned that there might be a large number of things that can go wrong. I am wondering if anyone that has had to perform a similar change can tell us what we might need to look out for.


A:Changing IP addresess on a domain controller

This should be pretty straightforward, assuming that you're comfortable administering a Win2k/AD network. Perhaps a refresher on the meat and potatoes of AD authentication, particularly DNS and Netlogon, in relation to DC locating by clients. Here's a nice link:


I would stop both DNS and Netlogon, make the changes (NS, SOA, A, etc), or at least double check 'em. Are the zones AD integrated? Since WINS, are the DNS servers configured for dynamic update? Are your DHCP scope options configured for DNS & WINS? Don't forget to flush DNS cache on all boxes and reboot. Just a few things to think about checking and changing.

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I have recently posted a huge free web site with geocities, (my first one!) and my company has it's own domain name. I was wondering if there was anyway that I can change it over to a simple address using our own domain name, and do I have to start over? if you want to look first, it is http://www.geocities.com/hcamgmt Thank you!

A:changing a free web site to my domain name

You will need to host your domain name. Some sites that register the names can also host them. I will say that you can get free hosting from http://www.netfirms.com, but they place a banner on every page, and lately have pop-ups as well. The good thing is that host your the domain as http://www.yourname.com, as opposed to what geocities does. they also have a good email aliasing service, so that yoou can designate a specific email address as the receiver, such as [email protected], and then, any mail that is sent to [email protected] will be sent directly to [email protected]

Another good thing is that you can go banner free for $5/ month.

You can also go here for a search of hosts in the US and Canada.
Once your domain name is hosted, then just upload all the files that you created, which you have hopefully kept on your system. If not, then connect to geocities FTP, and download the files you have there, and then just upload them to the new FTP site.

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Hi all~

I'm looking for some information, specifically what are the hazards involved in changing the system date on a domain controller multiple times within a 24 hour period?

The purpose for this; we have a database that performs end of the month report processing. When the last day of the month passes, those numbers are gone (the views involved with the reports and criterion go deeper than the Aleutian Trench- changing these from static to variable would be a long and painful process).

If anyone has firsthand knowledge, experience or can direct me to whitepapers that have relevant information, I'd so greatly appreciate it!

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I have made a silly mistake. I have a former corporate PC that logged into a domain server.

Under <Control Panel><System> I changed from Domain to Workgroup. I now can't log on to any account including the administrator.

I looked up the solution to this problem on the Microsoft unhelpful site http://support.microsoft.com/kb/317049. and http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_administrator_password.htm

I don't have the recovery disk. MS suggests a parallel installation of XP to provide access to the files on the disk. I can do that with any Linux CD.

I don't have any data I want to recover. That was all stripped off before I got the PC. I do want to keep all the applications. If I reinstall XP, I will loose all the applications. I now know I can only logon to the administrator account if the PC is connected to the domain server. If I can restore the domain name, I can log on to the PC again.

Where is the domain / group info kept and in what format?
Is there a way of using a Linux CD to manually edit the XP files to restore / add a domain??

A:Howto recover from changing Domain to Workgroup??

It is far too complex to do manually. And you would not be able to access what you'd need to from a Linux-based OS (though some, like Parted Magic, have optional registry editors that can be added).

If you have no disk, then you can't reinstall, either, even a "repair" installation which would keep all the current applications intact. It looks like you are up a creek unless you can find a copy of XP that is the same version as that installed (and same service pack since they are really different operating systems).

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Hi everyone,

Does anyone know how someone can change a user password from his own PC.
I have a user that change his password. I am not sure how he has done that. since I always have to go to the domain server to change users password.
He had administrative access to his PC, since then I have change it to restricted.
I am just curious of how he changed his password. since I have all user set for the password not to expired and user can not change the password... well that much for that.


A:changing users password on a domain server

Sounds like your trying to hack an administrator's password.

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I have a client that had a home network setup with a domain. He has recently taken all the workstations off the domain and has switched them all over to a workgroup. On one of the workstations he can no longer log into windows with his normal admin username/password. There is nothing in the options drop down that will allow him to log onto the local machine either.

How would changing a workstation from Domain to Workgroup have caused this problem? Im not sure what to tell my client other than reformatting and reloading XP as he cannot get into Windows at all.


A:Solved: Problems changing from Domain to workgroup [email protected]@K

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i have a problem with a win98 pc connecting to a win2000 server network.

i want to network a printer attached to the win98 pc so all other network pcs can use it.

problem is when i go into access control and change the user-level access control to the appropriate name server (has to be done before i can change the name of the printer and set permisions), it resets on logon to the original server.

i cant find the setting to change it for all groups on the windows2000 server, seems like the obvious places are all correct.

any help would be great thanks

A:Changing Group Domain On Win2000 Server

ah man! I remember that problem! I can't remember what you do!

for what its worth, win9x networking tends to fix itself when you remove all of the important components (client for microsoft networks, TCP/IP, etc) and then add them back in again.

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I have been able to log in to my tablet pc running XP pro SP2 both at work (where I am on a domain) and at home. I wanted to print from the tablet via my desktop at home, so in order to access the local resources I thought I had to tell my tablet to connect to the local windows workgroup rather than through a domain, so I switched this setting - but now at the log on screen it will not accept my username and password, and I always get the message: "The system could not log you on. Make sure your User name and domain are correct, then type your password again."

I cannot access my computer at all - hitting F5 and trying safe mode or any of the other options don't work - I always end up at the log on screen with the same results.

Any ideas?? I have to find a way to log on! Secondarily, is there a way to access my printer on the local workgroup without encountering this problem again?


A:After changing from domain to workgroup, can't log on to windows xp (tablet edition)

Your domain login credentials are on the domain server, not on the local machine. You need to use a local machine logon for what you're trying to do.

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Can I change a NT server from a Domain server to a workgroup server without re-installing NT? Any help would be useful, I DO NOT want to have to re-install NT.

A:{Advice Offered} - Changing a NT server from Domain to Workgroup



This piece of software will let you upgrade Member servers to Domain Controllers, and demote domain controllers to member servers.

Technically, if you disable the netlogon service on your PDC/BDC it should stop answering logon requests. I personally wouldn't try it on mine but it may save you from reinstalling.

You can also change the settings on all your Workstations to still use the Client for Microsoft networks, but to NOT log onto an NT domain (untick the box in the properties of Client for Microsoft Networks). And for NT Wks machines, you can take it out of the domain and add it to a Workgroup.


Reuel Miller
Windows NT Moderator (yes, that does make me biased )

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Website: www.xperts.co.za/multiboot

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[This message has been edited by Reuel Miller (edited 12-20-2000).]

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I need to change one of the local PC's user name and password. The PC is connected to a domain server (windows). I do have the servers user and password to allow me access, but I'm not sure how to change a local users information. I suspect I need to change it on both the local Pc as well as the server. Any guidance would be appreciated. Thanks, dondd

A:Changing User and Password on a domain server networki

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I have a problem that desktop background & lock screen not changing in windows 10 for domain users
I applied in GPO but for some users applied the update but for some users not applied.
The wallpaper & lock screen is changed through group policy.

I have machines are a mix of win 7 and 10 ( 64 bit).

i have tried gpupdate /force but it also doesnt works.
it is show update successfully .

please help me to solve this issue soon.
thank you

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