Error message when you use the Active Directory Installation Wizard to add a member server in a Windows Server 2003 SP1 domain: "The Directory Service cannot perform the requested operation because a domain rename operation is in progress"


Symptoms


When you use the Active Directory Installation Wizard (Dcpromo.exe) to add a member server to a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) domain, you may receive an error message that resembles the following:
The operation failed because:

Active Directory could not create the NTDS Settings object for this domain controller CN=NTDS Settings,CN=Server_Name,CN=Servers,CN=Default-First-Site-Name,CN=Sites,CN=Configuration,DC=Domain,DC=Domain,DC=Domain on the remote domain controller Domain_Contoller_Name. Ensure the provided network credentials have sufficient permissions.

"The Directory Service cannot perform the requested operation because a domain rename operation is in progress."

Cause


This problem may occur if the following conditions are true:
  • There has been a recent operation to rename the domain.
  • This domain-renaming operation has not finished before you use the Active Directory Installation Wizard.

Resolution


To resolve this problem, follow these steps:
  1. To obtain the Windows Server 2003 Active Directory "Domain Rename" tools, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
  2. In the Download area, click Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Domain Rename Tools.
  3. In the File Download - Security Warning dialog box, click Save.
  4. In the Save in list, click Local Disk (C:), and then click Save.
  5. In the Download complete dialog box, click Close.
  6. At a command prompt, type the following commands:
    CD \
    C:\domainrename.exe /x
    Note Press ENTER after each command line.
  7. In the Choose Directory For Extracted Files box, type C:\rendom, and then click OK.
  8. At a command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
    C:\rendom\rendom /end
  9. On the member server, run the Active Directory Installation Wizard.

More Information


If the member server is running Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2, you must run the adprep.exe command on the primary domain controller before you run the Active Directory Installation Wizard. For more information about the Adprep.exe tool, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

917385 Error message when you run the Active Directory Installation Wizard: "The version of the Active Directory schema of the source forest is not compatible with the version of Active Directory on this computer"