NTDS Active Directory replication question

hi all,

was just wondering, i just added a new user to dc1 i checked at dc3 and i thought that on new user add it replicates instantly?

i looked the schedule (automatically created one) states it goes every hour, i thought it replicated isntantly on the following events:

account creation
account lockout
account pass change

any others and am i right in thinking this and how can i troublshoot the fact that its not
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NavdeepConnect With a Mentor Commented:

You may have single domain however different different sites. if you check in active directory sites and services, under site if you see them under different sites, They look like yellow retangular boxes.

Not sure if are referring them as buildings. But if the servers are physically in different building then it may or may not be in different sites. It will be dependent on how they are place in active directory.

For within site replication time is 15 min by default
For across the sites replication time is 180 min by default

both can be configured as per the requirement

you can force replication using replmon, repadmin /syncall or simply going to ad sites and services and right click on site links and selecting replicate now to force replication irrespective of the schedule

Account creation will be replicated using normal schedules

account lockout
account pass change  

    * Replicating a newly locked out account
    * Changing an LSA secret
    * Changing the account lockout policy
    * Changing the domain password policy
    * Changing the password on a machine account

will be immediate irrespective of intersite or intrasite replication because they come under urgent replication kicked by PDC emulator role.
TasmantConnect With a Mentor Commented:
depends if your DC are in the same AD site or dispersed over sites.
when in the same site, since windows 2003 replication takes max 30 seconds.
for dispersed domain controllers over site, depends of your replication topology and time you setup.
but the replication is not forced for specific events, replication follow what it is configured for all events.
awilderbeastAuthor Commented:
DC1 and DC3 are at different offices but they are all part of the same domain

ah right so its always an hour(if thats what its set as in the auto generated replication topology) no matter what, even in server 2008?
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yes even in server 2008
if servers are in the same site, the replication will happen every 15 seconds, if the servers are in different sites, the replication will depend on the time defined by the admin,

what is the current structure?
awilderbeastAuthor Commented:
just to reclarify sites are buildings yes

dc1 is in building 1 and dc3 is in building 3 (connected via vpn)
Muzafar MominCommented:
user AD sites and Service to configure replication time/schedule
awilderbeastAuthor Commented:
i created a subnet for each site  and put a dc in each one, as per screen

when i look at the default NTDS settings it says replicates once per hour

so lockout and pass change replicate immideatley is it?

ive attached screen below
NavdeepConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Yes as they come under urgent replication
You can test that
awilderbeastAuthor Commented:
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