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Pop Quiz: Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory Defragmentation

Applies to the "Maintaining the Active Directory environment" objective of Exam 70-640.

Q: A company's network administrator needs to perform an offline defragmentation of a domain controller's directory database file.

Which of the following modes does a domain controller need to be started in to perform an offline defragmentation?

  1. DSRM
  2. Last known good configuration
  3. Safe mode with networking
  4. Safe mode with command prompt


Answer is A. DSRM (Directory Service Restore Mode) is an advanced boot option that is required when performing an offline defragmentation of the directory database file.

Quick Tip: To perform this procedure, the Directory Services Restore Mode password for the local administrator account must be used.

Reference: Compact the directory database file (offline defragmentation)

Bonus Question: What must be in place prior to the setup of a subordinate CA server? (The answer, of course, will be revealed next time!)

Answer to bonus question from last week: The Active Directory recycle bin supports the ability to recover deleted objects.


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