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



4 thoughts on “Replication after tombstone life expired”

  1. 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 🙂 I usually have these kind of issues and prefer to troubleshoot than demote or delete.

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