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Move the Server object to the new site

Updated: March 2, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Moving a Server object requires that the IP address of the domain controller maps to the site to which you are moving the Server object. Before performing this procedure, verify that the IP address maps to the target site.

Administrative Credentials

To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Enterprise Admins group.

To move the server object to the new site

  1. Open Active Directory Sites and Services.

  2. Expand the Sites container and the site in which the server object resides.

  3. Expand the Servers container to display the domain controllers that are currently configured for that site.

  4. Right-click the Server object you want to move, and then click Move.

  5. In the Site Name box, click the destination site, and then click OK.

  6. Expand the Site object to which you moved the server, and then expand the Servers container.

  7. Verify that an object for the server you moved exists.

  8. Expand the Server object and verify that an NTDS Settings object exists.

Within an hour, the Net Logon service on the domain controller registers the new site information in DNS. Wait an hour and then open Event Viewer and connect to the domain controller whose Server object you moved. Review the System log for Net Logon errors regarding registration of SRV resource records in DNS that have occurred within the last hour. The absence of errors indicates that Net Logon has updated DNS with site-specific SRV resource records. Net Logon event ID 5774 indicates that the registration of DNS resource records has failed. If this error occurs, contact a supervisor and pursue DNS troubleshooting.

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