Domain controller (maximum off time)

Angel Garcia Gomez 21 Reputation points


We have to depromote a DC and as a precaution to verify that everything works, we have an idea to turn it off for a week or two.

What is the maximum time that a DC can be off without problems of decoupling? 90 days?

I'm not sure how long that is.

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  1. Leon Laude 85,566 Reputation points

    Hi @Angel Garcia Gomez ,

    By default it should be 60 days on older operating system versions, it may depend the operating system and Service pack level, on newer operating systems (Windows Server 2012 and later) the default is 180 days.


    It is ultimately determined by the Tombstone Lifetime in the forest, you'll find some more information here:

    Determine the tombstone lifetime for the forest


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  2. Thameur-BOURBITA 28,381 Reputation points

    Two week should be ok because tombstone lifetime is 60 days or more (it depend of domain controller operating system ).
    If a DC stay offline during a period exceeded the tombstone lifetime, it will be able to replicate with others replication partners and you have to demote it using metadata cleanup , rebuild it and promote it again.

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  3. Stephanie Yu 396 Reputation points

    Hello @Angel Garcia Gomez ,

    Thank you for posting here,

    Just like the previous two replies, your current operation will not have any impact. At the same time, you can also check the time of DC's tombstone lifetime and change the time. You can refer to the link below:

    Best regards,
    Stephanie Yu


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