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Problem setting up Windows Storage Server 2008 as a domain control [message #417064] Mon, 22 March 2010 08:02 Go to next message
Panagiotis  is currently offline Panagiotis
Messages: 1
Registered: March 2010
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Description: We have a domain with a Windows Server 2003 machine acting as
the PDC (it is also the onyl domain controller). We bought a new machine (a
Dell Powervault NX-3000) which has Windows Storage Server 2008 installed. We
want to set up the new machine as the PDC and phase out the old machine (add
the new machine as a secondary domain controller, promote it to primary and
then demote the old machine).

On the Windows Server 2003 machine we did a forestprep and a domainprep. We
then powered up the Windows Storage Server 2008 machine and added the Active
Directory Domain Services role. After that, we clicked on the link to run
Active Directory Domain Services Installation Wizard but nothing happened. We
opened a command prompt and tried to run dcpromo but we were presented with
the following error: "The active Directory Domain Services Installation
wizard is not supported on this SKU".

After reading the documentation, we tried to run dcpromo with the /unattend
switch (supplying an answer file) but we got the exact same error ("The
active Directory Domain Services Installation wizard is not supported on this
SKU").

Other error messages :

Server Manager

Failed to start Active Directory Domain Services.

The service cannot be started either becose it is disabled or because it has
no enabled devices associated with it.


Services

The Active Directory Domain services service on "Server Name" started and
then stopped. Some services stop automatically if they are not is use by
other services or programs.
Re: Problem setting up Windows Storage Server 2008 as a domain control [message #417074 is a reply to message #417064] Mon, 22 March 2010 08:14 Go to previous message
meiweb  is currently offline meiweb  Germany
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Hello Panagiotis,

AFAIK the Windows storage server cannot be promoted to domain controller.
Therefore you need another edition like standard, enterprise or datacenter.

Best regards

Meinolf Weber
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> Description: We have a domain with a Windows Server 2003 machine
> acting as the PDC (it is also the onyl domain controller). We bought a
> new machine (a Dell Powervault NX-3000) which has Windows Storage
> Server 2008 installed. We want to set up the new machine as the PDC
> and phase out the old machine (add the new machine as a secondary
> domain controller, promote it to primary and then demote the old
> machine).
>
> On the Windows Server 2003 machine we did a forestprep and a
> domainprep. We then powered up the Windows Storage Server 2008 machine
> and added the Active Directory Domain Services role. After that, we
> clicked on the link to run Active Directory Domain Services
> Installation Wizard but nothing happened. We opened a command prompt
> and tried to run dcpromo but we were presented with the following
> error: "The active Directory Domain Services Installation wizard is
> not supported on this SKU".
>
> After reading the documentation, we tried to run dcpromo with the
> /unattend switch (supplying an answer file) but we got the exact same
> error ("The active Directory Domain Services Installation wizard is
> not supported on this SKU").
>
> Other error messages :
>
> Server Manager
>
> Failed to start Active Directory Domain Services.
>
> The service cannot be started either becose it is disabled or because
> it has no enabled devices associated with it.
>
> Services
>
> The Active Directory Domain services service on "Server Name" started
> and then stopped. Some services stop automatically if they are not is
> use by other services or programs.
>
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