Error message “Target Principal Name is Incorrect” When Manually Replicating Data Between Domain Controllers

When trying to replicate data between Domain Controllers you receive the above error message.

In order to resolve the issue there is need to reset the secure channels between the domain controllers and the PDC Emulator.

Reset the secure channels from the domain controller that is NOT the PDC server.

  1. Stop and Disable the KDC service
  2. In the server that is not the PDC server run the command:

netdom resetpwd /server:server_name /userd:domain_nameadministrator
3. Restart server and enable the KDC service.

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