Solved Shared Folders On Secondary Domain Controller

October 17, 2012 at 14:23:21
Specs: Windows server 2003, 2.2 / 8gb
Hello all, First time post. I'm new to the networking scene. My workplace is running windows server 2003 for small business server. Our backup server crashed before I took this job. The guy told me before he left that it needed rebuilding. I tried to repair it but to no avail. I finally just formatted the system and did a new reinstall of windows server 2003. I got it joined to the domain as a backup server, Global catalog, Dns server. Today, we needed to do a reboot of the main server and that took about 30 minutes. During the 30 minutes, the backup server kinda did good. the internet still worked and we could browse the network, see all the different computers and shared folders. but when trying to open any of the shared folders, they wouldn't open. nothing would happen, no errors, no passwords.. nothing. Just wondering if i have forgot something in the setup. Thanks In advance.

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October 19, 2012 at 14:53:00
Is your dns servers set as primary and secondary or ad intergrated?
If you are running Small Business Server it will always be the primary server. Though you can add additional DC's for authenication offload, they can never take the place of the SBS. You have to be in a non SBS environment for that to take place [ a drawback for SBS]

The dns servers should all have the same information so which one you choose should make no difference. Appears you have a file share advertizement issue and have gone down the wrong path with changing the workstation dns server entries.

What you write in post #4 indicates to me servers b,c and d are in one domain and the server A is in another even though they have the same forest name.

To confirm this, logon to server A and open the AD console on server A and see if the other servers are listed under your forest name. Report back your findings.

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#1
October 17, 2012 at 15:02:19
Firstly, there is no such thing as a "Secondary" Domain Controller. And I'm not quite sure what you mean by "backup server".

Anyway - are you saying that you have some shared folders on this DC that stopped working when you took the other DC down? That sounds very odd.


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October 17, 2012 at 15:54:26
I understand about there not being a primary and secondary server, didn't know how else to describe them... maybe server A and server B... Server A has is what we refer to as our primary server. All the computers go to it as the primary dns, Server B is secondary dns. Server B was down, I reinstalled Windows server 2003, joined the existing domain. synced active directory. whole process took about 35 minutes. shows up in active directory as another DNS server. that was a few weeks ago. Today is when we rebooted our A server. browsing the network while it was rebooting seemed to go good... all the shared folders were there. Just wouldn't open up. I didn't have very long to look into it. will have all day tomorrow to check into it, just thought someone with more experience could shed some daylight on this. I don't think I set up file server on server B.

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October 17, 2012 at 23:36:28
The shared folders obviously won't be available while the server they are on is rebooting, but they should be once the server is up. Are you saying that both servers are running now but that shares on one aren't working? That certainly shouldn't happen.

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October 18, 2012 at 05:58:58
we have 4 server computers.. what we consider our main server "A" our file server "B" our backup server "C" then another file server "D" While "A" was rebooting, all computers are told to choose "C" as their secondary nds under the TCP/IP settings. The computers still had internet but could not see file contents on servers "B" or "D".
explorer would show you the folders but when we tried to open them, nothing showed inside. This morning, I have told my computer to use TCP/IP primary dns and NO secondary dns server...If i'm understanding right, My computer should not be using server A at all. I am having no problems opening folders on any of the shared server folders except Server A.. it tells me i do not have rights to look at those folders.

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October 19, 2012 at 14:53:00
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Is your dns servers set as primary and secondary or ad intergrated?
If you are running Small Business Server it will always be the primary server. Though you can add additional DC's for authenication offload, they can never take the place of the SBS. You have to be in a non SBS environment for that to take place [ a drawback for SBS]

The dns servers should all have the same information so which one you choose should make no difference. Appears you have a file share advertizement issue and have gone down the wrong path with changing the workstation dns server entries.

What you write in post #4 indicates to me servers b,c and d are in one domain and the server A is in another even though they have the same forest name.

To confirm this, logon to server A and open the AD console on server A and see if the other servers are listed under your forest name. Report back your findings.

Answers are only as good as the information you provide.
How to properly post a question:
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