Service could not contact domain controller to access configuration objects

Product: Windows Operating System
Event ID: 1202
Source: DFSR
Version: 5.2.3790.1830
Message: Service could not contact domain controller to access configuration objects

The DFS Replication service failed to contact the domain controller to access configuration information. Replication is stopped. The service will try again during the next configuration polling cycle.


This event can be caused by TCP/IP connectivity, firewall, Active Directory®, or DNS errors or misconfigurations.

The DFS Replication service could not contact the domain controller to obtain new configuration information.  If replication was previously working and this error is reported, the service will use cached configuration stored locally but will not respond to any configuration changes until the issue is resolved. 

User Action

This event is usually appears due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Network connectivity: This event may be fired based on a more general network connectivity issue.  To troubleshoot network issues please refer to
  2. Firewall blocking: This event may appear due to firewall blocking the ports needed for communication.  To troubleshoot issue please refer to 
  3. DNS and Active Directory issues: From a CMD prompt type the following command:C:\>nslookup

Note: is the fully qualified domain name in which the server account exists.



The fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of a domain controller should be displayed.

Verify that the IP address for the domain controller is correct.

If anything other than a domain controller with the correct IP address is displayed, troubleshoot DNS name resolution to your domain controller.

Configuration information could not be read from the domain controller, either because the machine is unavailable, or access has been denied.  

The following link describes how to troubleshoot Active Directory and DNS issues:

After the issue has been resolved you should see event 1206.


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