AD Replication Status Tool killed

Once again our beloved Microsoft Company took care of us sysadmins to not get bored around Christmas. If you have tried to run the Active Directory Replication Status Tool (ADREPLSTATUS) recently you could have noticed that it simply stopped working with the nasty error pop-up:

“The License has expired”

Note the capital letter L! Not ANY license. THE (ultimate) License. Shenanigans!

The problem hides within the license.conf file where – BEHOLD – Feature Expiration=”2012-12-08T21:39:37.7614384-08:00″ Name=”CoreEngine”/>, etc. can be found. The problem is – the file is signed, it wouldn’t do you any good to change the DateTime values there. I am quite certain I didn’t agree upon any expiration when installing…

And since on the official resource page

you CANNOT leave a comment (and, no, there is NO new version as of 12/09/2012) I decided to post this problem here, probably some of you, dear colleagues, has better connections to the bastion of nitwits there. Until then feel free to brush up your REPADMIN and DCDIAG command line memory.

30 thoughts on “AD Replication Status Tool killed

  1. Thanks for posting this. I was using it on Friday to fix and fix a problem, just went to check it over today and found this. Please its not just me πŸ™‚

  2. Well at least I know I’m not the only one facing this problem, of course this happens in the moment where I need the tool to troubleshoot replication in a complex environment…

    Well it seems I will need to go back to the old way of doing stuff, I hate this MS attitude of giving you a good tool and for no apparent reason “removing” it like this…

    I don’t remember accepting any “trial” or time limited thing. I doubt MS will take any time to fix this…

    1. Hi Lethe, no, actually I downloaded and installed the 1.0 version Sunday on a brand new PC (just to double-check) and noticed that there were no agreements and restrictions whatsoever. Actually you wouldn’t even see the “installation completed” pop-up at the end.

  3. Ive become so reliant on this great tool and was going to use it as a fast GUI check while I was away overseas over Xmas, to check that all was well on AD.
    What to do now? I dont like the old Repadmin/ DcDiag type tools. You could accidentally miss something. What now MS? You guys make us break our bones keeping up with certs, perhaps we need persistent tools? Not cool boys.

    1. Justin, thank you for providing the link here.
      To our readers: the version shown is still 1.0, but the license file is “extended” to 2013-06-08.
      We hope until then some release cadence can be agreed upon πŸ˜‰

  4. hello, i have download and install the new version today, but the license file status date its the same as before -> 2012-12-08. mhhh….:-(

    1. Hello sahint, please try to uninstall, check that there are no files & folders left and then install again. It SHOULD be up to 2013-06-08, otherwize you have downloaded the old version for some reason (cached?). Double check the installated files if you want before that: many dlls and exes have in the new version “date modified” value of 10/12/2012 and the repl.exe has a version number of 2.3.20717.1 instead of the old 2.2.20717.1

  5. hi moodjbow, the problem was the proxyserver at work :-), j have change/select a another proxy and downloaded again. now is the version number 2.3…and the tool is started. πŸ™‚ …thanks for help….

  6. Better ask MS. I can only speculate on that, but my feeling is that this is a nice mechanism to reserve a possibility to convert it to a commercial product in an unforeseeable future. πŸ˜‰

  7. Thanks for the feedback. I am told the time limitation is necessary due to the platform used to develop the tool. I don’t have any more details than that, but this feedback has been shared with the developer and as more information is available I will reply back.
    You can also post feature requests at

    Justin [MSFT]

  8. Nope.
    Nirmal, it looks promising although not very intuitive. Visitors can judge for themselves. On the other side I like the profundity shown on the screenshots. May I speculate that this is more like a tool for PFEs/MVPs?

  9. Hi,
    Not really it has been designed specifically for MVPs/PFEs but for experienced AD Administrators.

    Please let me know if you would like to see any changes or any feedback is much appreciated!

    I have just finished fixing a few bugs reported by the users.


  10. Hi,

    Dynamic AD Replication Checker Tool Version 2.0 has been released. I have also fixed a number of bugs reported by the users. Thanks Users!

    New Features supported in Version 2.0:

    Ø Monitor AD Replication based on schedules
    Ø Check,Troubleshooting Replication issues for all or individual Domain Controllers
    Ø Check Orphaned Domain Controllers, if any
    Ø Individual Naming Context Replication Status
    Ø Easy navigation of Objects in Objects Pane
    Ø Execute Individual Columns
    Ø Populate Instance Groups in Object Pane
    Ø Add Site/DC Manually
    Ø Save Session in local database
    Ø Switch to Monitoring and Console Version at any time
    Ø Check Error or Warning Events on Domain controllers
    Ø Perform DNS Test, check SOA, NA, and Forwarders
    Ø DC Event Log Tests
    Ø DC Patch Status
    Ø Network Configuration on the Destination Domain Controllers
    Ø Easily check Status of Domain Controller Services
    Ø Check AD Pending Replication Jobs and Naming Contexts in Sync
    Ø 164 Dynamic Columns for Server Object available

    1. Hi Nirmal,

      I just stumbled across your post. The Dynamics tools look great but I think there is a problem with the website as all of the links just take me to the same default index page. I tried submitting a request but that didn’t work either. Is there a download available for the AD replication troubleshooter?

      Thanks heaps!
      Ben Loveday

      1. Hi Ben – I’m in process of publishing all of them by month end.

        Will leave a reply here once they are available!

        Thank You,

    1. Thanks moodjbow!

      Yes, it is. We have two tools now:

      “Dynamic Quick AD Replication Checker” which performs the following tasks:

      Ø Quickly Check Replication for Domain Controllers
      Ø Find Orphaned Domain Controllers
      Ø Easily identify Domain Controllers in Replication Errors
      Ø Save results for later use
      Ø Run AD Discovery to collect DCs automatically.
      Ø Search Domain Controllers in Object Tree
      Ø Easy navigation
      Ø Shows error message for Naming Context
      Ø Legends
      Ø Easy navigation

      And “Dynamic AD Replication Troubleshooter” which can actually be used to troubleshoot the issues.

      I request everyone to check out the first one at Your feedback will heard and incorporated for sure!

      Thank You,

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