The benefits and restrictions of Restartable AD DS feature

  • Reduces the time that is required for performing maintenance tasks.
  • Other services running on that domain controller can server client requests
  • Continue to log on to the domain controller using a domain admin account while AD DS service is stopped
  • Continue to run the other services running on that domain controller and server the client requests.
  • You are not allowed to run DCPROMO while AD DS service is stopped but you can use /Forceremoval switch with DCPROMO.
  • You cannot perform a system restore while the AD DS service is stopped. The system restore operation must always be executed from DSRM mode.
  • Stopping the Active Directory Domain Service will impact the ability to authenticate domain clients and Active Directory applications.