NT not to PDC? (RPC not found)

Chad Kitching kitchingc at mail.techplus.com
Sat Dec 11 08:52:57 GMT 1999

As far as I know, Samba (even the 2.1.x alpha versions) cannot replicate a
NT PDC, and therefore cannot demote a NT PDC to a BDC and then takeover PDC
roles.  You would have to completely remove the NT machine, make the Samba
server the only DC on the network, and recreate all the machine/user
accounts.  Unfortunately there's no way to change a NT PDC into a standalone
server (through official tools anyway -- there are apparently some that can
do it but are in violation of the incredibly strict NT license.  And no,
unfortunately, I don't have them.) except through a complete

----- Original Message -----
From: John Hanna <jhanna at cproject.com>
To: Multiple recipients of list SAMBA-NTDOM <samba-ntdom at samba.org>
Sent: Friday, December 10, 1999 3:20 PM
Subject: NT not to PDC? (RPC not found)

> "domain logons = yes" was my problem. Now I have a new one -- How do I
> tell my NT Server 3.51 to not be the primary domain controller, so that
> Samba can do it? I tried to use the Server Manager->Computer->Promote to
> Primary option but got the error message "RPC service not found" (or
> something like that). The "Demote" option is greyed out for the NT
> server.
> Any suggestions?
> John
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Matthew Geddes <mgeddes at xavier.sa.edu.au>
> To: Multiple recipients of list SAMBA-NTDOM <samba-ntdom at samba.org>
> Sent: Thursday, December 09, 1999 2:42 PM
> Subject: Re: RFA: configuration: No Domain Server to validate your
> password
> > You might want to try telling samba to act as a WINS server (wins
> > support=yes in smb.conf I believe), and tell the workstations to look
> at
> > the samba box for WINS. When Windows machines log into an NT domain,
> they
> > use WINS to find the Domain Controller. If WINS isn't working
> properly, or
> > isn't configured, the workstation turns to broadcasting to find the
> server.
> > This dosen't always work.
> >
> > I usually set security = Domain for a PDC. Also make sure you've got
> the
> > standard domain logons = yes and stuff (I once spent hours trying to
> find
> > the problem and hadn't even turned on Domain Control support ;-)). You
> > probably want the netlogon share as well (although not compulsory).
> >
> > Matt
> >
> >

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