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Replication issue - temp fix possible?

Posted on 2010-09-17
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I've got a secondary DC in a remote office which hasn't replicated in ages and I think is tombstoned.  Other member servers are occasionally having the dreaded "The Trust relationship between this workstation and the domain failed" message on RDP login. - causing system downtime while I de-join/rejoin to get people working again.  I'm assuming this has to do with the long-failed replication on the remote server.  I've seen in other articles that reformatting the server is the quickest way to restore health to the domain but I am unable to get to the location for several weeks due to other commitments.

Is there a stop-gap measure or workaround to stop this awful "Trust relationship failed..." error?  The dejoin/rejoin works for maybe a day.

Could I simply shut down the non-replicating server in the meantime or would this cause additional problems - the remote machines could authenticate across the VPN to the PDC...

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by:ashwinee
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reinstall this
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Glen Knight earned 125 total points
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Simply running DCPROMO to remove Active Directory then running DCPROMO again to re-promote the server will sort this out.
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by:Glen Knight
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Dorothy to add that if for some reason you are unable to gracefully remove Active Directory run DCPROMO /forceremoval then do a METADATA cleanup to remove it from Active Directory as per: http://www.petri.co.il/delete_failed_dcs_from_ad.htm

Hopefully it doesn't have any FSMObroles? If so that makes it more complicated.
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by:Glen Knight
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FSMObroles= FSMO roles
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