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Troubleshooting Active Directory Operations

Updated: May 1, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

This Active Directory Troubleshooting guide provides troubleshooting information for Active Directory in the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) operating systems.

In this guide

This initial release of the Active Directory Troubleshooting guide includes troubleshooting recommendations and procedures for diagnosing and fixing problems that may occur with Active Directory replication in a Windows Server 2003 forest. This content focuses primarily on responses to Directory Service event log messages and tool-based error messages that might be reported by the Repadmin.exe and Dcdiag.exe tools, which are available in Windows Support Tools.

Installation of Windows Server 2003 with SP1 is encouraged for improved diagnostic support in both Windows Support Tools, which you must install separately, and the Ntdsutil.exe administrative command-line tool, which is included with the operating system.

Acknowledgments

Key Technical Reviewers: Arren Conner, Gregory Johnson, Rob Kochman, Ajit Krishnan, Dave Tesar

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