Journal Wrap Error

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by Lee, Jan 19, 2006.

  1. Lee

    Lee Guest

    I have a windows 2000 SP4, PDC that has been running on a new Dell 2850 for
    over six months now. In the last month I have received a Journal Wrap Error
    on the PDC after which the server becomes unaccessible. The only new software
    that has been installed on the PDC is SQL server 2005, which was intalled a
    month or so before the first occurance of the error.

    1. Is there any relation?
    2. Fixes ?
    Lee, Jan 19, 2006
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  2. Lee

    Paul Bergson Guest

    The two should have had no impact with one another that I can think of. SQL
    is totally seperate from AD. The wrapping error occurs when there are so
    many changes to the USN Journal (The location of log changes to AD) that the
    log that holds the changes and the changes wrap around and destroy records
    that haven't been updated as of yet.

    My guess is your frs service on your dc is stopped. Open up your service
    and check to see if FRS is running.

    For more info on USN see:


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    Paul Bergson, Jan 20, 2006
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  3. Lee

    Lee Guest

    I checked Frs and it is running, I have even folowed a couple of knowledge
    base articles which instructed me to stop the service, change a setting in
    the registery to D2 and restar the service. As of yet I do not know if that
    helped or not. You say that this error occurs because so many changes occur
    that have not been replicated. That worries me because our domain and user
    base is stable and I cannot think of many changes that should occur at all.
    Also the only other machine that these changes may replicate to is the
    exchange 2003 server. That is the only other server in our domain.
    Lee, Jan 20, 2006
  4. Lee

    Paul Bergson Guest

    Run diagnostics against your Active Directory domain.

    If you don't have the tools installed, install them from your server install

    Here see what happens from a diagnostic check.

    Run dcdiag and netdiag in verbose mode.

    If you download a gui script I wrote it should be simple to set and run. It
    also has the option to run individual tests without having to learn all the
    switch options.

    The script is at, download it
    and save it to c:\program files\support tools\

    Just select both dcdiag and netdiag make sure verbose is set. (Leave the
    default settings for dcdiag as set when selected)

    When complete search for fail, error and warning messages.
    Paul Bergson, Jan 20, 2006
  5. Lee

    Lee Guest

    "dcdiag /v" shows that all tests pass except that there is not printer set
    for the office image writer (not used in our org).

    "netdiag /v" shows no problems either
    Lee, Jan 20, 2006
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    Paul Bergson Guest

    I'm assuming this is 2003 so from the link below validate that you aren't
    missing anything from the wrap error via the USN rollback detection. I'm
    not 100% positive if this will detect your errors but it is worth a shot.
    If this comes back clean and you aren't getting any errors it would appear
    all is ok.
    Paul Bergson, Jan 20, 2006
  7. Lee

    Lee Guest

    The PDC is windows 2000 and the Exchange server is Windows 2003 and Exchange
    2003. When the 2003 server was installed the AD was extended via the
    appropriate MS utilities to accomadate the server. FYI this install is not
    new either.
    Lee, Jan 20, 2006
  8. Lee

    Lee Guest

    Perhaps a little more information on the problem...

    LOG Time Msg
    FRS 07:57:75 JRNL_WRAP_ERROR
    SYS 07:59:73 The server service was unable to map error code 1453
    APP 08:00:39 Windows cannot determine the user or computer name.
    Return value (14).
    DNS 08:02:02 The DNS server has encountered a critical error
    from the
    Active Directory. Check

    After the Journal error the event logs start showing errors as listed above,
    and the machine no lnoger responds and has to be restarted. The sys log error
    repeats about every 5 minutes as does the APP log error. This continues until
    the syste, is restarted. Other errors such as not being able to find files
    and make AD connections also occur throught the log
    Lee, Jan 20, 2006
  9. Lee

    Paul Bergson Guest

    Paul Bergson, Jan 20, 2006
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    Paul, maybe if he reset the Journal so it will reinitialize. I've seen this
    problem a couple of times. Both times DNS was misconfigured that caused it.
    The other one was caused by a mixed 2000 and 2003 infrastructure where the
    journal sizes are larger in 2003. I reset the DCs to point only to the
    internal DNS, then reset the Journal in the reg on the offending DC and it
    took care of it.

    Check this out to see how to reset journal wrapping (and I am assuming it's
    generating 13568 errors):

    If that doesn't work, then the problem is deeper and need to reset FRS with
    altering the Burflag entries:
    Troubleshooting journal_wrap errors on Sysvol and DFS replica sets:;en-us;292438

    Here's more info for the original poster to review (from my notes and
    private blogs):

    To reset FRS:

    Click down the key path:
    Double click on the value name
    "Enable Journal Wrap Automatic Restore"
    and update the value.

    If the value name is not present you may add it with the New->DWORD Value
    function under the Edit Menu item.
    Type the value name exactly as shown above.

    See here for more info:

    Also for resetting FRS:
    Troubleshooting journal_wrap errors on Sysvol and DFS replica sets:;en-us;292438

    290762 Using the BurFlags registry key to reinitialize File Replication
    service replica sets:

    Using the BurFlags registry key to reinitialize File Replication Service
    replica sets:

    Download details File Replication Service Diagnostics Tool (FRSDiag.exe):

    221111 Description of FRS entries in the registry:

    Download details Ultrasound - Monitoring and Troubleshooting Tool for File
    Replication Service (FRS):

    Prepare a domain controller for nonauthoritative SYSVOL restart Active
    Directory (Resetting FRS and Sysvol replication with the Burflag entry):


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  11. Lee

    Paul Bergson Guest

    I should have asked about error numbers, my oversight. From reading his
    info he has tried to rebuild the sysvol via the burflag and was
    unsuccessfull. I was totally unaware of the reset. This is a nice find to
    provide him with. Maybe it will resolve his issue.


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    Paul Bergson, Jan 23, 2006
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    Ok, I had to go and re-read the thread just to double check I didn't miss
    anything, and yes, I did! Sorry, I didn't catch this part:
    That's a step I would have done after trying the "Enable Journal Wrap
    Automatic Restore". If it still doesn't work, and resetting the FRS burflag
    didn't work, and assuming DNS is operational, this isn't a single label name
    and all machines are only using the internal DNS, I might suggest just to
    yank the box with a force demote. If it's been more than 60 days (but he
    would have received lingering objects errors), it may be better to just yank
    it. What do you think?

    Ace Fekay [MVP], Jan 23, 2006
  13. Lee

    Paul Bergson Guest

    Yeah, I wouldn't mess with things. To unsure of what has happened and how
    things sit. He did say the USN testng appeared to be ok but how long will
    it take to demote, cleanup and repromote. Probably less time than it would
    be to try and figure out the problem. If he has apps on this machine it
    might make this not as easy of a choice though.


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    Paul Bergson, Jan 23, 2006
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    Good point, especially if Exchange is on it!

    Ace Fekay [MVP], Jan 24, 2006
  15. Lee

    Paul Bergson Guest

    If you have time, I uploaded a script I wrote to list out last logon along
    with some other user attributes. If you could download and run it, I would
    love feedback from you.

    This download will provide ALL user ids from your domain in a csv file
    (CurrentDate_accts.csv) stored at c:\temp, which is modifiable via the
    const def'n FileLocation. The script will determine all parameters about
    your AD, modifications to add or remove parameters should be realtively easy

    Attributes include:
    User Name
    Last Logon Date
    Creation Date
    Home Folder
    Display Name
    Password Not Needed
    Password Does Not Expire
    Expired Password
    Account Is Disabled


    Paul Bergson MCT, MCSE, MCSA, CNE, CNA, CCA

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    Paul Bergson, Jan 25, 2006
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    You got it! I forwarded this to myself to remind me tomorrow to run it at
    one of my clients.

    I'll let you know!

    Ace Fekay [MVP], Jan 25, 2006
  17. Lee

    Paul Bergson Guest



    Paul Bergson MCT, MCSE, MCSA, CNE, CNA, CCA

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    Paul Bergson, Jan 25, 2006
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    Paul - replied privately.
    Ace Fekay [MVP], Jan 26, 2006
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