Should I forcefully Demote a DC that has just passed the tombstone lifetime
Posted on 2010-08-16
Hello guys and as always thanks for the time and expertise. I have a windows server 2003 sp2 DC that had to be taken offline because of structural problems in a particular bldg - couldn't be helped. The DC last successfully replicated on 6/16 and I was going to bring it back online tomorrow. The tombstone lifetime for my forest is 60 days which puts me a day over. I'm sure objects have been deleted during this time but I don't think there were many changed but I'm not sure as we have many sites and I'm not the only admin.
By the way, we only have one domain. My question is do you think I should just demote this dc, forecefully if necessary, to make sure there's no problems or should I check and remove any lingering objects with the repadmin /removelingeringobjects command. I just want to follow best practices but I've never experienced this scenario before. Please let me know you would recommend.
Again, the server is past tombstone only by a day. Thanks.
As an aside, should I increase the tombstone to 180 for the future?