A Quick Tip To Check The Backup Status Of Each NC In Active Directory Forest

by [Published on 1 Oct. 2009 / Last Updated on 28 April 2009]

This article shows how you can see the backup status of each Naming Context in Active Directory using command line tool.

Windows Server 2003 with SP1 includes backup APIs which can be used to determine the backup status of each Naming Context in Active Directory. The backup status is stored in the DSA Signature attribute of each Partition or Naming Context. You can query the status of backup by running the following command:

Repadmin.exe /showbackup

The above command will list the backup status of each NC. This includes the time and date when the backup was taken with NC Name. The command will list all the NCs in the Active Directory Forest including Application Partitions. This is very useful when you need to determine the backup status of each NC.

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The Author — Nirmal Sharma

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Nirmal Sharma is a MCSEx3, MCITP and was awarded the Microsoft MVP award in Directory Services and Windows Networking. He specializes in Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Directory Services, Failover Clusters, Hyper-V, PowerShell Scripting and System Center products. Nirmal has been involved with Microsoft Technologies since 1994. In his spare time, he likes to help others and share some of his knowledge by writing tips and articles on various sites and contributing to PowerShell-based Dynamic Packs for www.ITDynamicPacks.Net solutions.

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