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NT replication error

By fongch ·
Hi, i am getting event 3216 where it shows that system error 5 and 32 during replication. Repl account is having change access to netlogon. Can you kindly advise? Many thanks.

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by mgonzales In reply to NT replication error

Error code: 5 = "Access is denied." - For Windows NT 4.0 a Microsoft article (Q155237 which is no longer available) describes the cause and the resolution:

Error code: 32 = "The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process.". As per Microsoft: "The replicator service requires exclusive use of resources, such as directories and all of their subdirectories being imported or exported, and files on the REPL$ and NETLOGON shares. Any violation of this exclusive use, such as File Manager having one of these directories open, or users connected to the NETLOGON share, causes this problem. See Q132950.

Good Luck!

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by chris In reply to NT replication error

Unless these errors are occuring all the time, and files are not replicating correctly - they can be ignored. As the previous answer states, the files are in use - this happens when someone is logging in.

When I first saw these errors, I performed some tests to ensure files were replicting correctly. You can drop a .TXT file in your netlogon share - and watch it replicate across all your domain controllers. I also took this a step further and wrote a little .CMD file that used ROBOCOPY to check that everything was in sync. The file replication service in Windows NT was not that robust, and reported these errors. I recall an article that outlined doing away with the replication service in NT, and replacing it with a robocopy script. If I remember correctly, the Replication between servers was set to 15 minutes or so - which was to long for my environment. Each time I updated a file, I manually ran the my replication script - which ensured all files were replicated.
When I updated a file, I would always change the file on DC1's netlogon (%winroot%\system32\repl\import\scripts) directory.

A sample script using robocopy:

start robocopy \\DC1\netlogon \\DC2\C$\WinNT\system32\repl\import\scripts /E /R:1 /W:1 /REG

I hope that helps explain the error, and provide you with an alternative. Keep in mind once the files have replicated, and you haven't changed any of the files - there is no need for an update, only after a file has changed - so you can safely ignore the errors.


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