A referral was returned from the Server


  • Scenario:
    1) I have one Domain Controller "". And a domain joined computer "" in which "Dirsync" is working perfectly.
    2) I have installed one more Child Domain "".
    3) When I try to run Dirsync tool with child's administrator credential, I get the following error -
    Configuration error
    User CHILD\Administrator is not a member of the group ENterprise Admins. Add this user to this group, and then try again.
    4) When I try to add "Enterprise Admins" as a "Member of", I get the following error -
    The following Active Directory Domain Services error occured: A referral was returned from the server.
    Thursday, May 30, 2013 5:09 PM


All replies

  • Yes this is cause a Domain Admin in a child domain dosen't have the nesccary rights to perform a DirSync. You need to delegate the "Replicating Directory Changes" extended right ACE granted on the root of the partition being monitored/synced. (Enteprise Admins have this by default on every partition/nc)

    Enfo Zipper
    Christoffer Andersson – Principal Advisor - Directory Services Blog

    Thursday, May 30, 2013 5:35 PM
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    Tuesday, June 04, 2013 4:00 AM
  • Hello,

    I am expecting some easy description or steps or alteast a redirected Microsoft Link's, so I can read and understand.


    Tuesday, June 04, 2013 4:02 AM
  • check out active directory groups to understand more:

    Every second counts..make use of it.

    Tuesday, June 04, 2013 4:28 AM