Previous version of the Active Directory Replication Status Tool

Who liked using the Active Directory Replication Status Tool? I did.

Who thought it was a great, simple, straight forward tool that was far easier than interpreting the output of some command line tools and didn’t feel it needed to become a cloud service with a less intitive interface? I do.

Digging through a few of my servers I found the old installer for the Active Directory Replication Status Tool. The version you can install on your own servers and doesn’t appear to give an error about the installer being expired.

Download it here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/22772464/adreplstatusInstaller.zip

I believe this is version 1.1 even though the splash page when launching it says it’s 1.0. It was the latest version you could download before Microsoft expired it here and told everyone to start using the cloud based SCOM solution they offer.

Please share it/mirror it for all to enjoy.

 

Update – 2016-04-05

Looks like Microsoft is trying to kill this tool. When you try the use the version I’ve linked above now it says it has also expired.

I’ve figured out a workaround. Download this handy tool and then do this:

runasdate settings

If anyone knows assembler and wants to try dissecting repl.exe to remove the date check I’ll happily link/host to their modified repl.exe.

I’ve seen a few comments on other sites about the saftey of getting this tool from a non-Microsoft source and this is the best I can provide to prove I have not altered the MSI file. If you check the hashes against the two download links below you’ll see they match files uploaded well before this blog post.

MSI File
MD5: d63ceaa4131f8dc64800d33ac3b242c7
SHA1: 1a117510e42d284199743c53722dd51690a93d59

http://www.herdprotect.com/adreplstatusinstaller.msi-1a117510e42d284199743c53722dd51690a93d59.aspx
https://malwr.com/analysis/Y2JlNDQ0YmM0MjM3NGY4MWJlOGJhOTkyMDNkZGQxZGI/

You can try the workaround I’ve mentioned above on the official download as well: https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/download/details.aspx?id=30005

 

Update 2016-04-20

Good news everyone! Microsoft has brought back the stand-alone tool thanks to everyone who provided them feedback demanding it.

See: https://feedback.azure.com/forums/267889-operational-insights/suggestions/12293631-bring-back-the-on-prem-ad-replication-status-tool

The new, non-expiring download, can be found here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30005

 

Update 2017-07-12

Looks like the tool is expiring again.

I was able to re-download, re-install from here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30005

The tool worked again but now gives me a 24 day count down.

29 thoughts on “Previous version of the Active Directory Replication Status Tool

  1. You just became my favorite sys admin in the solar system. I am shocked that more admins have not found your website. I won’t go into a rant about Microsoft expiring one of the most useful tools that they ever created for admins, but I will say that you are my hero. Added your site to my weekly “check and see what’s new” list. Thank you  so much.

  2. Just wanted to say Thank You!!!!

    The new MOMS is … ok but a lot of messing around to set up and then have to wait for the results.

    Cheers from Australia :)

  3. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!

    I was about to spit nails when I found out M$ decided to kill one of the most useful tools for an AD admin ever.

    Is there another option for your “tip jar” other than BTC?

    • You’re welcome! I threw the tip jar thing up there as a bit of a joke (hence using Bitcoins) but who am I to deny tips. I’ve added a Paypal account to my tip jar.

      Please don’t feel any obligation to tip though. I provide this information for free in hopes it will help others.

  4. @Eric Schewe

    Today I got the dredded This version will expire in 24(days) 17((hours). Please download the latest version from http://aka.ms/adreplicationstatus .

    The link re-directed to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30005. I checked out the version and it didn’t look the package was updated.

    So I checked the Revision number and “Content created” date with the package I already had. Both were the same.

    Uninstalled and reinstalled with the “new” package thinking that maybe the version or something else didn’t change, but that Microsoft might have tweaked things. Not the case. I still get the expiration notice.

    I don’t see any other post since August of ’16. I can’t believe this tool has been fixed yet and wonder why the comments don’t keep coming.

     

     

  5. Given that Mockrosoft has granted unbridled access to all Office 365 data without any way to firewall it (unless you pay through the nose for an E5 license, not available for Government license) I do not think it wise to use anything MS Cloud that connects to your Active Directory.

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