Troubleshoot File Replication Service in Active Directory Domain Controller – Error 13508


Make sure non-PDC Domain Controller is sync the time with Domain Controller with PDC holder before we start to solve error 13508.


Steps of solution:

To fix the problem, you must designate a domain controller to be authoritative for the Sysvol replica set:


  1. Stop the File Replication service on the PDC emulator FSMO role holder.
  2. Use the Registry Editor to navigate to:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NtFrs\Paramaters\Backup/Restore\Process at Startup.
  3. Double-click the BurFlagsValue Name, a REG_DWORD data type, and set the data value to D4, using the Hex radix.
    NOTE: If the BurFlags Value Name is set to D4 (authoritative) on more that one replica, conflicts and collisions will occur.
  4. Exit the Registry Editor.
  5. Start the File Replication service.


Sample screenshot:

Example error 13508 in event viewer
TroubleshootFileReplicationServiceinActiveDirectoryDomainController Error

After changes in registry key:
TroubleshootFileReplicationServiceinActiveDirectoryDomainController Error

TroubleshootFileReplicationServiceinActiveDirectoryDomainController Error

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