Domain controller can't create Emergency Repair Disks

Posted on 2003-03-27
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Last Modified: 2010-04-13

I have two Win2K domain controllers that are both running SP3 with latest updates and patches applied.
One runs exchange 2000 and the other one is just a file server. When i try to creat an Emergency Repair Disk by using ntbackup, i get the same error message on both servers:

"The disk file was not found or was inaccessible" It makes no difference if i try to backup the registry or not. I also have a Win2K stand alone server running the same service packs and updates and this computer is creating ERD's flawlessly. There are no events coming up in the event logs, no other hints as to what could be causing the problem, the %systemroot%\repair\ directory has all the files it is supposed to have, but they are dated at the last date i ran an ERD (which was far too long ago) The only dir that has todays date is the %systemroot%\repair\regback directory.

Please can someone shed some light on this for me.



Question by:davidecadams
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jimshoe earned 1000 total points
ID: 8218477
Only thing I've ever heard cause this was a missing or damaged setup.log file.

Verify that the file "setup.log" is in the %systemroot%\repair directory.  Restore from backup if its missing or damaged.

Author Comment

ID: 8218704
Sure enough, the setup.log file is missing. We rotate our backup media fairly frequently, i have searched the oldest tapes and there is no setup.log file. Can i copy the setup.log file from the working windows 2000 member server or is this going to break something?

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ID: 8218905
It's in the recycle bin? Ok, wishful thinking. :)

It would have to be an identical server.  The setup log contains information about hard drive setup, drivers installed etc.  

Unhide system files and hidden files and search the hard drive for it.

Otherwise I'm unaware of any way to recreate it without running through an install.

Author Comment

ID: 8219186
Nope, no such luck. I have searched to no avail. I remember going on one of my housekeeping stints a few months back and searching for and deleting
old log files...bugger. Seemed like a good idea at the time ;-) Well, at least that has explained it. Any ideas on how i go about making a ERD without the setup.log file?

Expert Comment

ID: 8219403
There's 3 files that makeup the ERD and setup.log is one of them. Sorry, but your out of luck making them from here on out afaik.

The good news is that Win2k has the recover console so the value of an ERD has diminished somewhat.

You may want to keep monthly backup tapes so you can go back in time.

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