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two domain controllers, one cannot find directory services. can i get current info from the other DC?

came in for my monday reboot/refresh- came back and said cannot find directory services... read that i need to restore system state. ok, doing nt and BE backups... nt backup (created before i got here) doesn't display system state in backup... older BE backup ok, restoring taking FOREVER!! (restore at 50% of cpu, says it is running)... my question is can i get the absolute current state of active directory, and restore just that from the other DC (both boxes are primary DC's)? isn't there a master blaster that sync's the two together? users are offline, so i appreciate rapid response, and bow to superior knowledge!
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krichert
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NahumKCommented:
Just install the DC from scratch (i'm assuming it doesn't have any other roles) and specify that you want   it to join the original domain. It'll synch as part of the installation process.
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krichertAuthor Commented:
ok, restore isn't happening, and i don't see how to get past the directory services issue to recreate this thing... i can boot into safe mode, and there is a file that directory services cannot find.... i am booting into "directory services restore mode" but do not see any data on how to specifically restore this, only articles that tell you if you do restore things, your world will be hosed (a technical term). why would they call it thus if there is no way to perform the named function? does someone know a way around this, so i "can" get this back up? this box is both a web host and a sql server serving the web...
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krichertAuthor Commented:
in the end, a call to MS was required, and the solution broke more than it fixed. the server was demoted from dc status, made to be in a bogus domain, that domain removed to rid us of registry pieces, and then put back in the domain... unfortunately, the server will now have to be rebuilt from scratch, as something we (ms and i) cannot find necessitates rebooting every couple of days to keep the machine running faster than a 386... SX!!  i appreciate everyone's help, and apologize for not closing this case...

the moral of the story is to occasionally test to insure that your system state backups really are... you can restore these items to a bogus place, and ensure that they contain info.
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