Replication after tombstone life expired

Replication After Tombstone Life Expired

As I was preparing for Exchange migration from 2010 to 2013 I had two DCs, one of those two DCs was off for about 8 months and has already passed the default tomb stone life so it was not authorized for replication in the forest.

Whenever I try to replicate the server I get the following error


Active Directory Sites and Services Error

“The following error occurred during the attempt to syncronize naming context CN=Configuration,DC=Domain,DC=Local from Domain Controller AD to Domain Controller AD2; The directory service cannot replicate with this server because the time since the last replication with this server has exceeded the tombstone lifetime. This operation will not continue.”

My FSMO roles holder and PDC is the demotesas.local domain so on this DC I will run the following command

W32tm /config /,0x1 /syncfromflags:manual /reliable:yes /update


And this

w32time & net start w32time & W32tm /resync /rediscover


On the additional DC

w32tm /config /syncfromflags:domhier /update

w32time & net start w32time & W32tm /resync /rediscover

Force Replication

If the above doesn’t work then I will go ahead and force replication to the tomb stoned DC by using the following command.

repadmin /regkey * +allowDivergent


Now we’ll replicate and see what happens


Problem solved



17 thoughts on “Replication after tombstone life expired”

  1. Thank you for taking the time to post this information. This quickly and easily resolved our replication issues without having to demote a server!

  2. for two days I had the problem of replication and they did not have a single solution …….. you saved my life, thank you very much

    1. Glad it worked for you πŸ™‚ I usually have these kind of issues and prefer to troubleshoot than demote or delete.

  3. When you force replication using repadmin /regkey * +allowDivergent do you do this on the domain controller that cannot be replicated to or the one you are trying to replicate from?

  4. You’re the bomb! Thank you! After days of reading through other sites that seemed to over-complicate everything, your AWESOME article came into my life! πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Key, I am very glad this has helped you! If you in anytime had any difficulties please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

  5. dear expert, im very newbie for this. any posibility this step will interupt the other DS? coz my system use for DCS System it should not be interupt the DCS (Digital Control System)

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