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Tombstone Life

By Jeroden ·
Well while I am at it, might as well ask this also.

I am trying to bring in another server as a DC, but the network cannot be prepared because there has not been a replication. When I do a forced replication on my Windows 2003 Server, I am not able to because of the tombstone lifetime has expired on a Windows 2000 server that I have. My question is, if I demote this 2000 server, what will happen?

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by Jeroden In reply to Tombstone Life
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I hope this catches

by Jeroden In reply to Tombstone Life

Been working with this one for quite some time.

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"should"

by Churdoo In reply to Tombstone Life

Well I've been in this biz long enough to know that I can't say what WILL happen, but I can tell you what SHOULD happen.

I'm thinking that during the demotion process, assuming it now has communication to the AD, the 2K server will realize that it contains an old copy of the AD, and so should simply demote without replicating stale AD info to your AD.

However, not knowing why it was not replicating for so long, and if you don't need the 2K server in Production any longer, another option may be to do a metadata cleanup, per http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/012793ee-5e8c-4a5c-9f66-4a486a7114fd1033.mspx?mfr=true

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The reason that it wasn't replicating

by Jeroden In reply to "should"

I know the reason that it wasn't replicating. The DNS couldn't be resolved because they were entered in wrong. Once I corrected that, I found out that it hadn't been replicated for 6 months. I hope that helps with understanding a little bit more.

Another question then, if I demote it, can I still use it as a Citrex server, and a file sharing server?

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Yes

by Churdoo In reply to The reason that it wasn't ...

Then since it is a Production server, you should demote it gracefully, using DCPROMO on the 2K server.

So DCPROMO the 2K server down, should go smoothly, and of course when you do, this is NOT the last server in the AD. This demotion should not affect Citrix nor file sharing.

Once demoted, check the AD Event viewer on your existing DC and if all looks clean, resume your original task.
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Problem

by Jeroden In reply to Yes

The 2k server states that it failed to replicate off data that was changed locally. This can't happen because of the tombstone. Is there a way to bypass this?

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Looks like

by Churdoo In reply to Problem

Looks like you need to go this route
http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/34c15446-b47f-4d51-8e4a-c14527060f901033.mspx?mfr=true

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