Windows Server 2008 R2After you start AD LDS service for a particular instance, you may receive the following warning message in the event logs. If your AD LDS instance uses UDP for communication, this issue will block LDAP traffic over UDP on the port that is listed in the event message. However, unlike in Windows Server 2008, this issue will not prevent the service from starting, and LDAP traffic over TCP will still flow through this port.
Windows Server 2008After you successfully install AD LDS, you may be unable to start the service, and an error message may be displayed. You may also receive following error message in the event logs:
By default, after security update 951746 is installed, the DNS server randomly allocates 2,500 UDP ports in the ephemeral port range. A conflict may occur if one of these randomly allocated ports is a port that an AD LDS instance has to use.
Because these ports are randomly allocated, these failures can be intermittent and are likely to occur in the following scenarios:
- Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2: The AD LDS service is stopped during the installation of a DNS server that has security update 951746 installed or during the installation of the update itself, and then a restart of the AD LDS service is tried. As long as the AD LDS service is in a stopped state, the DNS service can randomly allocate ports that the instances are using.
- Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2: AD LDS and DNS server that has security update 951746 installed are running on a server that is restarted. As the system restarts, the DNS service will start before AD LDS instance services, and the DNS service might allocate ports that AD LDS instances are using.
- Windows Server 2008 only: An AD LDS instance is installed after security update 951746 is installed, and the AD LDS instance tries to use a port that was randomly allocated by DNS. The service startup fails and logs an error message in the event logs.
Unlike Windows Server 2008, in Windows Server 2008 R2, if the port that was selected for a new AD LDS instance is not available for use (And this includes the case in which DNS allocates the port), AD LDS setup prevents the user from using the port and blocks the user from proceeding with installation. In this scenario, the user receives the following error message:The LDAP port you have chosen is in use. Type the number of an unused LDAP port.
For Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2, if DNS service is installed after an AD LDS instance was installed, and the AD LDS service is running, DNS will not grab ports that are currently being used.
- Find the LDAP and SSL ports that are being used by the AD LDS instances. Because, the port failures can affect all AD LDS instances intermittently, we recommend that users reserve all ports that are used by every AD LDS instance, not just those instances that are currently experiencing a failure, to avoid future failures. To do this, follow these steps:
- Open a command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER: dsdbutil
- At the dsdbutil prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:list instancesNote: The list instances command will display the values of the LDAP and SSL ports that are used by the instances that are installed on the computer.
- Open a command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
- Reserve the two UDP ports that you noted in step 1.
For more information about how to reserve ephemeral ports, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:812873 How to reserve a range of ephemeral ports on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 or Windows 2000 Server
- After you reserve the ports, restart the computer.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services.
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
In Windows Server 2008 R2, AD LDS installation will recognize ports that are unavailable (And this includes those ports that DNS allocates), and the AD LDS installation will auto fill appropriate ports that are currently not being used. The AD LDS installation will not let you choose a port that is taken by another service for an AD LDS instance.
Multiple instances of AD LDS (ADAM) can be installed on one computer. Therefore, if you have more than 2 AD LDS instances on your computer, you will be covering more ports than the defaults (389, 636 and 50000, 50001).
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Article ID: 959215 - Last Review: May 6, 2009 - Revision: 1