A. Normally the answer is 180 days, but it can actually vary depending on which version of Windows and what service pack you used to create the AD.
The default tombstone lifetime (TSL) values are:
- Q. Is there an easy way to clean up the metadata of deleted domain controllers (DCs)?
- Q. The Active Directory (AD) best practices recommend using a RAID 1 mirror set for the AD database and a separate RAID 1 mirror set for the AD logs. Is this really necessary and the best use of spindles?
- Q. I need to perform an AD database restore. Can I just stop the Active Directory service (NTDS) on my Windows Server 2008 or later domain controller (DC), perform the restore, then start the service again?
- Q. How can I export the schema of my Active Directory forest?
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