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Does NtFrs need to be running if I have only one Domain Controller?

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I have a single Domain controller (Windows 2003 Standard) and am getting FRS errors in the Event Viewer File Replication Service log (Source: NtFrs, Event ID:13555).  Does this service even need to be running?
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I believe that the answer is yes, even though there is no where for the data to replicate. Why would you want to turn it off?

Jason
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I was working on an Exchange 2003 Issue with Microsoft Tech Support and the technician mentioned in passing that the NtFrs service didn't need to be running on my Domain Controller. (This was after he saw the errors in the event logs.) He didn't elaborate but didn't seem particularly concerned.  

My Exchange issue was resolved but now I'm wondering about the NtFrs errors.
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I worked in Microsoft PSS doing Enterprise Active Directory support. We also supported FRS, DFS, etc... I have worked very closely with many Exchange SP's and have never heard such.

Are you getting any NTFRS events in the event logs? 13516, 13508, or 13509
I am mostly concerned with the most recent events.

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The only NTFRS events are 13552 and 13555.
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I have seen these take care of themselves with a simple restart of the File Replication Service.

Are there any domain controllers in the metadata that have not been properly removed from the domain?


The following article should help get rid of the FRS events.
http://www.jsifaq.com/SUBH/tip3600/rh3605.htm

As always - Have a good backup before making any changes, including system state.

Jason
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Recreating the FRS Jet database and log files (per the article instructions) did the trick.  Thanks!

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Cool, so you see the 13516 now?

If you do then I would not even worry about what the Exchange guy said. I cannot believe that the Exchange SP would even say that? He should have conversed with a DS (Directory services) SP before telling the customer that.

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