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Active Directory Replication May Not Work Using Windows NT 4.0 Server Manager in Windows 2000 Domain

Article ID: 249140

Article Last Modified on 2/28/2007


  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 3
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 4
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 5
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 6
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 6a

This article was previously published under Q249140


You can use Server Manager (Srvmgr.exe) to synchronize the user account database of a Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000 domain. If you use the Windows NT 4.0 version of Server Manager to trigger synchronization in a domain with a Windows 2000 primary domain controller (PDC), Active Directory replication may not work.

You can use Replmon.exe to search for all domain controllers with unsuccessful replication. An example output follows:

   Active Directory Replication Domain Controller Replication Failure
   Output Printed at 12/3/1999 6:03:41 AM

   Below are the replication failures detected on Domain Controllers
   for this domain:

   Domain Controller Name: DCNAME00
   Directory Partition:    DC=domain,DC=corp
   Replication Partner:    Domain\DCNAME01
   Failure Code:           5
   Failure Reason:         Access is denied.

Additionally, the Internet Service Manager (ISM) service on the server may not start and may display an SEC_E_LOGON_DENIED error code.


This behavior occurs because the synchronization request generated by the Windows NT 4.0 version of Server Manager triggers a computer account password reset operation. After the password is changed, the PDC cannot establish a secure replication channel between itself and its partner domain controllers.


A new version of Srvmgr.exe is available for use in mixed-mode domains, with Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 domain controllers. This version of Srvmgr.exe checks to see if the PDC is a Windows 2000 domain controller. If it is a Windows 2000 domain controller, the password reset operation is not triggered.

A supported fix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that is described in this article. Apply it only to computers that are experiencing this specific problem.

To resolve this problem, contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the fix. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services phone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

NOTE: In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.

The English-language version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:

   Date        Time     Size      File name     Platform
   12/23/1999  12:50p   211,216   Srvmgr.exe    I386
   12/23/1999  12:50p   305,936   Srvmgr.exe    Alpha


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Windows NT 4.0.

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