January 14th, 2004, 06:10 PM
Sounds like it could be a bad power supply. I have had this happen once or twice on home computers and a new power supply fixed the problem. (I believe the power supply was creating too much heat)
Originally posted here by AngelicKnight
Wow, I'm getting respones faster than I can post replies! Thanks everyone for the input...
All servers may not yet be running on the same service pack, so that's a good issue to bring up. I'm working on getting them all updated.
When it shuts itself down, it shuts down completely, as in even the green light on the back goes off. And like I said above, you actually have to mess around with the power cable until it will even come on again.
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January 14th, 2004, 06:24 PM
I found this cool little tester for power supplies http://www.directron.com/tester1.html
Thought you may be interested.
January 14th, 2004, 06:35 PM
Is MSERV a PDC.... or is the PDC another server ( PDC = Primary Domain Controller )
January 14th, 2004, 07:22 PM
A couple things, the try adding HPSERV as a second dns server(it is running DNS isnt it, with an active directory integrated zone for the domain name of Active Directory?) for all the client machines, hopefully through dhcp, but anyway.
DNS may be your issue with the authentication
As for the fail over as mapped drives, are you using distributed file system?
January 14th, 2004, 07:46 PM
I'm actually not sure if it's the PDC or not -- I've just recently been brought on this network so I'm learning crash-course style as I go along (thank goodness for AntiOnline!). However, I do think it is the PDC, nearly certain. How do I check?
The DNS possibility is interesting. What steps would I take to troubleshoot that?
January 14th, 2004, 09:32 PM
Run srvmgr.exe from run cmd line under this application you should select "View" then select servers, under servers you will see which server is the PDC...it will list as primary, also you should see which is a bdc (backup domain server).
srvmgr.exe is located under server tools under i386 dir on server cd or resorce cd if it isnt on the main 2000 server..... but it should be so all you need to do is run that from the run line
January 14th, 2004, 10:07 PM
Okay, MSERVER is the PDC and HPSERV is the BDC then.
January 14th, 2004, 10:23 PM
Okay guys, they've decided to buy a new server to replace this one. So, now my assignment is to demote MSERVER so that is no longer the PDC. Then I'm supposed to remove it from the network as a controller. How do I do that?
January 14th, 2004, 10:25 PM
Why/how is that? If it is the primary domain controller thats going down it may be as CXGJarrod mentioned a resolution problem. Try setting up the PDC as a Primary WINS server and the BDC as a secondary WINS, so if the PDC goes down the clients can still resolve NetBios shares through the BDC.
Access to these drives is through another server called MSERV, so when MSERV is down, no one can access the K:, L:, and M: drives.
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January 14th, 2004, 10:28 PM
OK, a windows 2000 pdc(bad name for it, as there really isnt a primary / backup with active directory all domain controllers are equal, except for certain limited roles) Runs active directory, in order to remove it,
Have another server running active directory, make sure it is running AD integrated dns for the domain name
on the server you wish to demote, go to start, run
and in the box type
and hit ok. That should bring up the wizard for removing Active Directory and demoting the domain controller, make sure you already have another domain controller in the Domain.
You can add a domain controller to the domain using the dcpromo command as well, on the server you wish to promote.