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JSI Tip 2855. Windows 2000 Domain client replicates password change immediately?

If a directory-service aware domain client changes their password, the change is immediately replicated to the PDC FSMO role holder by the validating domain controller, even across a WAN.

If you prefer to delay this WAN replication to the normal interval, use Regedt32, on the validating domain controller, to navigate to:


On the Edit menu, Add Value name AvoidPdcOnWan, as a REG_DWORD data type. Set the data value to 1.

The password change will be replicated to the other domain controllers using the normal replication interval.

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