Performing Directory Maintenance

Active Directory is like any other database when it comes to needing attention. Sometimes it gets filled with gaps and needs compacting. Sometimes it gets messy and needs reindexing. Sometimes it gets corrupted and needs repair. And sometimes it gets completely zonked and needs restoration. The tool for doing most of this work is the NT Directory Service Utility, Ntdsutil.

For some of its work, Ntdsutil uses a set of canned instructions from another utility, ESENTUTL, the grandchild of the ESEUTIL database utility designed for Exchange. ESENTUTL has a number of switches for setting and controlling restoration and integrity checks. Ntdsutil presents these options in a menu. The two most commonly used options are ...

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