How to check tombstone lifetime value in your Forest

12 July 2011

How to check tombstone lifetime value in your domain/forest

Tombstone lifetime value different from OS to OS, for windows server 2000/2003 it’s 60 days, In Windows Server 2003 SP1, default tombstone lifetime (TSL) value has increased from 60 days to 180 days, again in Windows Server 2003 R2 TSL value has been decreased to 60 days, Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2 and windows server 2008 it’s 180 days

If you migrating windows 2003 environment to windows 2008 then its 60 day’s

you can use the below command to check/view the current tombstone lifetime value for your Domain/Forest

dsquery * "cn=directory service,cn=windows nt,cn=services,cn=configuration,dc=" –scope base –attr tombstonelifetime

Replace forestDN with your domain partition DN, for domainname.com the DN would be dc=domainname, dc=com

To know more about tombstone lifetime & lingering object

Source: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc784932(WS.10).aspx

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