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Having the error "Verification of outbound replication failed" when adding a new DC?

So I had plans to create some redundancy for my domain by adding a slave domain controller. The primary domain controller was however somewhat obnoxious and returned an error when I tried to let my new domain controller join it.

"Verification of outbound replication failed. Outbound replication is not enabled on replication source domain controller: dc01.corp.com"

The setup

Primary domain controller
  • dc01.corp.com
  • Windows 2012 Server (standard)
Secondary domain controller
  • dc02.corp.com
  • Windows 2012 Server (standard)

To solve my issues I had to rely on the good old repadmin, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc770963(v=WS.10).aspx

Begin by checking the current options

repadmin /options dc01.corp.com
Current DSA Options: IS_GC DISABLE_INBOUND_REPL DISABLE_OUTBOUND_REPL

Aha! DISABLE_OUTBOUND_REPL, this shouldn't be there. Remove it like this

repadmin /options dc01.corp.com -DISABLE_OUTBOUND_REPL
Current DSA Options: IS_GC DISABLE_INBOUND_REPL DISABLE_OUTBOUND_REPL
New DSA Options: IS_GC DISABLE_INBOUND_REPL
There, all good. Just go again and hopefully you'll do fine. Or get another error. :)