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Active Directory® Administrator's Pocket Consultant by William Stanek

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Starting and Stopping Active Directory Domain Services

On domain controllers that are running Windows Server 2003 or Windows 2000 Server, you must restart a domain controller in Directory Services Restore Mode (DSRM) to stop AD DS. When you are running in DSRM, you can perform basic database management procedures, including offline defragmentation. When you are finished managing the database, you can restart the domain controller in normal mode to resume normal operations. (For more information, see "Restarting a Domain Controller in Directory Services Restore Mode" in Chapter 3.)

Domain controllers running Windows Server 2008 support restartable AD DS. This feature allows you to start or stop AD DS without having to restart a domain controller ...

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