Replication problems with one of my DC's in Windows 2003 AD setup

Posted on 2011-04-29
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I have a global Windows 2003 Domain spanning around the world. We had added another DC in Canada at the end of last year. Apparently we are having some major replication problems. I setup a user in NY and it never replicated to Canada. It replicated to all other DC's. We have firewall VPN tunnels between all of our offices. I tested through PING, Telnet to all AD, FRS ports and there is no connection problems. I ran DCDIAG and clearly this server is having issues. I am getting tomestone errors. Can someone help??
Question by:phishbone4
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    by:Stelian Stan
    Did you opened all the necessary ports ( in firewall:

    Author Comment

    Yes we do. We have any/any rules between all sites.
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    That did not work as well.

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    I needto confirm something about the following command:

    repadmin /removelingeringobjects ServerName ServerGUID DirectoryPartition /advisory_mode

    Where it says "servername" is that a Domain controller that is OK but cannot communicate with the 1 server?

    CANFS01 is the server that no one can replication too
    USAFS01 is 1 example of a server that is working but cannot communicate with CANFS01

    So does this look right? the GUID is for CANFS01

    repadmin /removelingeringobjects 14af2539-ff69-4eae-9470-656569170b8d dc=domain,dc=com /advisory_mode

    I do not want to create any additional probkems.

    I also was wondering what you thought about demoting this DC and re-promoting it?

    DCPROMO wont work because of the tomestone problem but what about DCPROMO/forceremove
    Do I need to do a metadata cleanup too?

    Accepted Solution

    We were able to remove it and re-add it back into the domain which solved the problem.

    Author Closing Comment

    No one elses solutions worked for me.

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