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Windows Domain Controllers - Replication Auto-Recovery
Date Added: 9/3/2013

Microsoft changed the default settings for servers from Auto Recovery to MANUAL Recovery of the Replication service after an unexpected shutdown. That means that every time a server loses power and comes back up, Replication will be DISABLED until an Administrator logs in and restarts replication manually.

The following command, run from powershell, will enable auto recovery.  It should be run on every DC:

wmic /namespace:\\root\microsoftdfs path dfsrmachineconfig set StopReplicationOnAutoRecovery=FALSE

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