Troubleshooting installing Domain Controller

Hey dear IT guys,

I would like to share with you some good troubleshooting options you can make use when you trying to establish a new Active Directory and experience some issues.

Please follow the logs and relevant events viewer for your troubleshooting.

Server Manager or ADDSDeployment Windows PowerShell operations – %systemroot%\debug\dcpromoui.log

– %systemroot%\debug\dcpromoui*.log
Installation/Promotion of the domain controller – %systemroot%\debug\dcpromo.log

– %systemroot%\debug\dcpromo*.log

– Event viewer\Windows logs\System

– Event viewer\Windows logs\Application

– Event viewer\Applications and services logs\Directory Service

– Event viewer\Applications and services logs\File Replication Service

– Event viewer\Applications and services logs\DFS Replication
Forest or domain upgrade – %systemroot%\debug\adprep\\adprep.log

– %systemroot%\debug\adprep\\csv.log

– %systemroot%\debug\adprep\\dspecup.log

– %systemroot%\debug\adprep\\ldif.log*
Server Manager ADDSDeployment Windows PowerShell deployment engine – Event viewer\Applications and services logs\Microsoft\Windows\DirectoryServices-Deployment\Operational
Windows Servicing – %systemroot%\Logs\CBS\*

– %systemroot%\servicing\sessions\sessions.xml

– %systemroot%\winsxs\poqexec.log

– %systemroot%\winsxs\pending.xml


Don’t forget the built-in Active Directory tools like: Dcdiag, Repadmin which defiantly can assist in your troubleshooting.