[Samba] PDC appears to be BDC in server manager

Michael Gasch gasch at eva.mpg.de
Sun Feb 11 13:02:00 GMT 2007

could you please post your smb.conf ?


Martin Brook wrote:
> Hi all
> I'm a relative newcomer to samba, having a few problems with what I
> thought would be a fairly straightforward migration from an NT4 to a
> Samba PDC.
> Summary of what I've done so far:
> * Set up samba on a second PC and configured it as BDC.
> * VAMPIREd all of the accounts across to the BDC.
> * Shut down original NT PDC, installed Linux + Samba on same hardware.
> * Promoted second PC to PDC by modifying smb.conf appropriately.
> * Copied contents of /var/lib/samba, /etc/samba, and unix accounts
> across to new samba installation on the original PDC, and shut down
> samba on second PC.
> At this point I went off and messed around configuring shares,
> printers etc. Everything seemed to be working fine.
> However, when I try to run User Manager or Server Manager on one of
> the domain workstations to manage the domain, I'm getting error
> messages - 'could not find domain controller for this domain' or
> similar.
> Also, in Server Manager the PDC is shown as "Windows NT backup" rather
> than "Windows NT Primary". Any attempts to promote, and I get 'access
> denied'.
> I've spent the afternoon trying to get to the bottom of this, but I
> can't. Can anyone offer any suggestions?
> Thanks in advance.
> Martin

Michael Gasch
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