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We have noticed a critical error in one of our server reports, as follows :-

NtFrs event ID 13555

The File Replication Service is in an error state. Files will not replicate to or from one or all of the replica sets on his computer until the following recovery steps are performed:

Recovery Steps:

[1] The error state may clear itself if you stop and restart the FRS service. This can be done by performing the following in a command window:

    net stop ntfrs
    net start ntfrs

If this fails to clear up the problem then proceed as follows.

[2] For Active Directory Domain Controllers that DO NOT host any DFS alternates or other replica sets with replication enabled:

If there is at least one other Domain Controller in this domain then restore the "system state" of this DC from backup (using ntbackup or other backup-restore utility) and make it non-authoritative.

If there are NO other Domain Controllers in this domain then restore the "system state" of this DC from backup (using ntbackup or other backup-restore utility) and choose the Advanced option which marks the sysvols as primary.

If there are other Domain Controllers in this domain but ALL of them have this event log message then restore one of them as primary (data files from primary will replicate everywhere) and the others as non-authoritative.


[3] For Active Directory Domain Controllers that host DFS alternates or other replica sets with replication enabled:

(3-a) If the Dfs alternates on this DC do not have any other replication partners then copy the data under that Dfs share to a safe location.
(3-b) If this server is the only Active Directory Domain Controller for this domain then before going to (3-c)  make sure this server does not have any inbound or outbound connections to other servers that were formerly Domain Controllers for this domain but are now off the net (and will never be coming back online) or have been fresh installed without being demoted. To delete connections use the Sites and Services snapin and look for
Sites->NAME_OF_SITE->Servers->NAME_OF_SERVER->NTDS Settings->CONNECTIONS.
(3-c) Restore the "system state" of this DC from backup (using ntbackup or other backup-restore utility) and make it non-authoritative.
(3-d) Copy the data from step (3-a) above to the original location after the sysvol share is published.

We rotate our backups to external storage which we have 2 drives, therefore 2 complete backups.

Our server is a single SBS2008 (just one domain controller).

It is quite likely that we have taken multiple backups since the problem originated, as we were only aware that there was a problem when we received the weekly detailed report.

Is there any way to recover this, and what signifficance is it, as everything seems to work fine?

Please help if you can.
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That was what I pasted in the question above.

When we run the net stop ntfrs we get a " system error 5 has occurred - Access Denied.

My concern was therefore if the article suggests restoring system state, that it sounds really serious, and not having a copy of system state prior to the problem, was unsure what to do. I have also re started the server, but this did not help.

Thanks for your help.
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