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Transfer the global catalog to the Destination Server for Windows SBS 2011 migration

Published: March 10, 2011

Updated: April 5, 2013

Applies To: Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

To ensure that the Destination Server is the global catalog for the network, transfer the global catalog from the Source Server and configure services and domain settings, as follows:

  1. Transfer the global catalog to the Destination Server

  2. Enable the UPnP beacon for the Destination Server

  3. Verify the health of the domain controller

  4. Reconfigure DNS for the local network adapter

Transfer the global catalog to the Destination Server

To transfer the global catalog, create a new global catalog on the Destination Server, and then remove the existing global catalog on the Source Server.

To create a global catalog on the Destination Server

  1. On the Destination Server, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Sites and Services.

  2. In the Active Directory Sites and Services console tree, double-click Sites, and then double-click Default-First-Site-Name.

  3. Expand the Servers folder, click the name of the Destination Server, right-click NTDS Settings, and then click Properties.

  4. On the General tab, select the Global catalog option if it is not already selected, and then click OK.

  5. Restart the Destination Server.

noteNote
Allow sufficient time for the account and the schema information to replicate to the Destination Server before you remove the global catalog from the Source Server.

Before you continue, verify that the replication completed successfully, as follows:

  1. Click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Users and Computers.

  2. Expand the node <domain>.local, where <domain> is the Source Server domain, and then select the Domain Controllers node. The Destination Server should appear in this node with GC in the DC Type column.

    noteNote
    You can perform additional verification by using the tools that are listed in the section Verify the health of the domain controller.

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Event 1119 might be logged in the Directory Services log in Event Viewer stating that the Destination Server is now advertising itself as a global catalog server.

To remove the global catalog from the Source Server

  1. On the Source Server, click Start, click All Programs, click Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Sites and Services.

  2. In the console tree, double-click Sites, and then double-click Default-First-Site-Name.

  3. Double-click Servers, click the name of the Source Server, right-click NTDS Settings, and then click Properties.

  4. On the General tab, clear the Global catalog option, and then click OK.

  5. Restart the Source Server.

Enable the UPnP beacon for the Destination Server

The UPnP™ beacon is used to advertise the location of the Destination Server to the client computers. To enable Launchpad to find the Destination Server, perform the following steps to enable and start the necessary services.

  1. On the Destination Server, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Services.

  2. On the Services console, find the following services:

    • SSDP Discovery

    • UPNP Device Host

    • Windows Server UPNP Device Service

  3. If any of the previously listed services are disabled, enable each disabled service as follows:

    1. Right-click the service name, click Properties, change the Startup type to Automatic, and then click OK.

    2. Right-click the service name, and then click Start.

    noteNote
    If a service already has an Automatic startup type, but it is not running, right-click the service name, and click Start.

Verify the health of the domain controller

Before proceeding with the migration, you should ensure that the domain controller and Windows SBS 2011 Essentials network are healthy.

The following table lists the tools that you can use to diagnose issues on your Destination Server and network, and in the domain:

 

Tool Description

Netdiag

Helps isolate networking and connectivity issues. For more information and to download, see Netdiag.

Dcdiag.exe

Analyzes the state of domain controllers in a forest or enterprise, and reports issues to assist you in troubleshooting. For more information and to download, see Dcdiag.

Repadmin.exe

Assists you in diagnosing replication issues between domain controllers. This tool requires command-line parameters to run. For more information and to download, see Repadmin.

You should correct all the issues that these tools report before you proceed with the migration.

Reconfigure DNS for the local network adapter

Use the following procedure to reconfigure DNS on both the Destination Server and the Source Server.

To reconfigure DNS for the local network adapter

  1. On the Destination Server, in the notification area, click the network icon, and then click Network and Sharing Center.

  2. Click Change adapter settings.

  3. Right-click the name of the network card, and then click Properties.

  4. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), and then click Properties.

  5. Click Use the following DNS server addresses, and enter the following settings:

    • In Preferred DNS server, type the IP address of the Source Server.

    • In Alternate DNS server, type 127.0.0.1.

  6. Click OK to save your settings.

  7. Use the same steps on the Source Server to open the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) properties of the active network card. Then click Use the following DNS server addresses, and enter the following settings:

    • In Preferred DNS server, type the IP address of the Destination Server.

    • In Alternate DNS Server, type 127.0.0.1.

To disable DNS on the Source Server

  1. On the Source Server, click Start, click All Programs, click Administrative Tools, and then click DNS.

  2. In the DNS management console, right-click the Source Server, click All tasks, and then click Stop.

  3. Disable the DNS Server service on the Source Server:

    1. Click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Services.

    2. In the Services console, right-click the DNS Server service, and then click Disable.

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