How to Restart Active Directory Domain Services

How to Restart Active Directory Domain Services

In this blog post, I’ll show you How to Restart Active Directory Domain Services on Windows Server 2016 by restarting the Server.

Stopping a Domain Controller from accepting requests from clients was always a problem when maintenance work had to be done on a DC.

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Because In the early days of Windows Server, Active Directory Domain Services was not a Service there was no way to stop it.

Only In Windows Server 2008 R2 Microsoft made ADDS an actual service that could be stopped and start.

Active Directory History

Active Directory (AD) is a directory service that Microsoft developed for Windows domain networks.

It is included in most Windows Server operating systems as a set of processes and services.

Initially, Active Directory was only in charge of centralized domain management.

Starting with Windows Server 2008, however, Active Directory became an umbrella title for a broad range of directory-based identity-related services.

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A server running Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) is called a domain controller. It authenticates and authorizes all users and computers in a Windows domain.

Why stop Active Directory Domain Services

The reason you would want to stop ADDS are:

  • Update domain Controller – You might need to patch your DC or application Installed on
  • Testing failover – you might want to test failover or load test on a specific DC
  • Faulty Domain Controller – The DC Is not authenticating users and computer and you want to take it off
  • VM move – You need to move it to another host and don’t want users to be affected
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Get Started

To stop the Active Directory Domain Services open the Services Console on the Domain Controller Service name

Active Directory Domain Services

Services management console
Services management console

If you double-click on the Service you will see the status and related details regarding the Service

ADDS properties
ADDS properties

And as with any Service on Window Server, you could use the PowerShell cmdlet to stop and start the service

Stop-Service NTDS
Start-Service NTDS