Event ID 16652 — Directory Services Restore Mode

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

An administrator can restart a domain controller into a special maintenance and diagnostic mode, which is known as Directory Services Restore Mode. An adminstrator can use this startup option to perform checks on the directory database, compact the database, or even completely restore the database.

Event Details

Product: Windows Operating System
ID: 16652
Source: SAM
Version: 6.0
Message: The domain controller is booting to directory services restore mode.


This is a normal condition. No further action is required.

Directory Services Restore Mode

Active Directory