The size of the active directory database on a domain controller is the size of the NTDS.dit file. This size may vary between domain controllers in the same domain, due to non-replicated changes, differences with non-replicated data, and white-space from purge objects. To perform this task, we will use the ntdsutil.exe command-line tool.

Important: Log on as a member of the Domain Admins group and run the NTDSUTIL tool from an elevated command prompt.

OK let’s go. To check the size of your ADDS database, use the following procedure:

1.- On your domain controller, in server manager, click Tools, and then click Services to open the services console.

2.- Stop the Active Directory Domain Services service.

3.- You are prompted to stop related services, such as DNS Server, Kerberos Key Distribution Center, Intersite Messaging, and DFS Replication. Click Yes to stop these services.

Active Directory Domain Services

You can also use Powershell to perform this task, using the following command in an elevated PowerShell session:

4.- Open an elevated command prompt.

5.- Run the NtdsUtil.exe command

6.- Run the following commands:

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7.- In the services console, start the Active Directory Domain Services. Related services are also started. You can also use Powershell to perform this task, using the following command in an elevated PowerShell session:

If you find that you are running out of disk space or you have different size files between domain controllers, you can perform an offline defragmentation of an AD DS database. at the completion of this process, you will have a compacted Active Directory Database.

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