Event ID 213 is Generated After You Demote the Domain Controller

Applies to: Windows Servers


After you demote the first domain controller in a site, the following error message appears in the target server's application log:
Event ID: 213
Source: LicenseService
Type: Warning
Description: Replication of license information failed because the License Logging Service on server ServerName could not be contacted.


The licensing computer for the site cannot be contacted by the server on which the event is generated.


  1. Open Active Directory Sites and Services.
  2. Click the site on which the server is located.
  3. In the details pane, click License Site Settings.
  4. On the Action menu, click
  5. Under Licensing Computer, select a different site license server, and then click


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.