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This is just a question, but to me it a puzzling one.
Yesterday night while on duty. (I work Fire Rescue ) I went ahead and did a defrag & compact on the ADDS db. I stopped the db using ( net stop ntds ) compacted it and the before I could copy the new ntds.dit to its new location, I got a call, by the time I got back I was locked out of the DC and when I tried to log back in I was not able to b/c AD was not running and they was not log in service. I tried a few more time and gave up think that in the morning I just go in and boot into the DC using restore. This morning to my surprise I was able to log in without any problems and when I checked AD it was running.
Is it suppose to start up by itself?
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Sort of....Active Directory does routine maintenance every now and then that does the exact same steps you did above.  So it would have run it's maintenance schedule and brought AD back online.  You didn't need to do this manually, you could have just waited for the scheduled maintenance.
noadAuthor Commented:
Well that answers that.
Thank you very much.

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