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Turn on Inbound Replication

Updated: January 9, 2009

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

You can use the repadmin command-line tool in this procedure to turn on inbound Active Directory replication after it has been turned off manually.

You can manage the inbound replication state by setting a repadmin option to change the value in DISABLE_INBOUND_REPL. You change the state by using a plus (+) to enable the disabled state (turn off inbound replication) and a minus () to disable (reverse) the disabled state (turn on inbound replication). When you apply the option, the command output confirms only that the DISABLE_INBOUND_REPL option is either new or current. It does not indicate “on” or “off.”

Membership in Domain Admins, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at Local and Domain Default Groups (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=83477).

  1. Open a Command Prompt as an administrator: On the Start menu, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, provide Domain Admins credentials, if requested, and then click Continue.

  2. At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:

    repadmin /options <ServerName> -DISABLE_INBOUND_REPL

    Where <ServerName> is the NetBIOS name of the domain controller.

  3. Verify that the DISABLE_INBOUND_REPL option is not in effect. The following message should appear:

    Current DSA options: DISABLE_INBOUND_REPL

    New DSA Options: <none>

    Current DSA Options displays the conditions that were in effect at the time that you ran the command. New DSA Options shows the effect of the command, which is that the DISABLE_INBOUND_REPL option is not in effect (does not appear).

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