DFS-N: Active Directory Domain Services Availability Monitor

Operational States

Name State Description
FirstEventRaised Error  
SecondEventRaised Success  

Alert Details

Monitor State Message Priority Severity Auto Resolution
FirstEventRaised (Error) DFS-N: Active Directory Domain Services is not accessible Medium Critical Yes

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Summary

This object monitors the ability of DFS Namespaces to communicate with Active Directory domain controllers by looking for the presence of DfsSvc event 14523 in the System log.

Causes

The DFS Namespace service failed to contact a domain controller. This can occur for many reasons including:

  • Network connectivity issues

  • No domain controllers are currently available

Resolutions

Test network connectivity

To test network connectivity with the affected server, use the following procedure:

1. Open a command prompt window and then use the ping command to check basic network connectivity. If the ping command fails, it is likely that the server is not running, or has network problems that require local access to resolve. If Ping is blocked in your network environment, skip this step.

2. If the ping command is successful, test the server’s registration in DNS by using the nslookup command. If the nslookup command fails, there is a problem with DNS. Check the DNS server health or contact the DNS server administrator.

3. If the nslookup command succeeds, it is likely that the shared folder is offline (possibly for maintenance) or there are problems with the permissions on the shared folder.

If communication with a domain controller fails, or DFS metadata is inconsistent, restart the DFS Namespace service.

Restart the DFS Namespace service

To restart the service, use the Services snap-in, the Windows PowerShell Start-Service and Stop-Service cmdlets, or command-line tools such as net stop and net start. To restart the service remotely by using the sc command, open a command prompt window and then do the following:

1.To stop the service, type the following command, where <servername> is the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path to the remote server:

sc <servername> stop dfs

2.To confirm that the service is in the STOPPED state, type the following command:

sc <servername> query dfs

3.To restart the service, type the following command:

sc <servername> start dfs

Note: To restart a service, you must be a member of the local Administrators group on the affected server.

If restarting the service doesn’t resolve the issue, you might need to restart the affected domain controller.

Verification

After detecting DfsSvc event 14508, this monitor resets to the Healthy state.

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