My server Died.

For some reason, my server has died.
As near as I can tell, none of the services seem to recognize the server name anymore, and therefore refuse to start.
When I attempt to start DNS, it generates "Error 6. The handle is invalid"
When I attempt to open "Services and Applications" in Computer Management, it generates a " error attempting to communicate with <servername>" error.
The server takes forever to startup, and when it finally does start, DNS DHCP are not running, and there are no longer any icons (at all) listed in "Dialup and network connections". (There used to be 4, one "new connection", 1 dialup entry, and two ethernet, one internal network, and one for satellite connection to the net.)
I tried to bring back the missing icons by removing the ethernet devices linked to them in Device Manager, and rebooting.
End result: Devices are re-installed, but now ipconfig shows an autoconfiguration IP instead of my internal network IP. And I still can't get into "dialup and network connections" to change the IP.

Anyone have any ideas?
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Bartender_1Microsoft Network AdministratorAsked:
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I think you need to re-install tcp-ip.
Bartender_1Microsoft Network AdministratorAuthor Commented:
Thanks. I almost gave up on anyone answering this question.

I've come to that conclusion too, but because it is a Domain Controller, I'd like to see if there are any other ideas before taking this step. (Re-installing TCP/IP on a Domain Controller running Active Directory results in having to re-share all shares)

If I end up doing a re-install of TCP/IP, I will award you the points.


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Whoa....HOLD ON there....
Create another enterprise admin account.  Log on....anything different?

What happens when you boot into safe mode?

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On all DCs I use this startup order ALWAYS.

<service name>    "->" means dependant upon...  <service name>
->lanmansever (or lanmanworkstation; basically all name resolution services need to be running befor netlogon, cept browser)

Providing DDNS is correctly configured and enabled, netlogon should update its netlogon.dns file and dynamically update DNS, again DDNS needs to be configured right.
Just to be sure, clear the cache, ipconfig /flushdns, restart DNS (all above services will restart in order)
ipconfig /registerdns
nbtstat -RR
netdiag /f
dcdiag /f
you may need to fix group policy as incorrect GP design can make a whole lot of nothing happen when things are supposed to
dcgpofix /both

Make sure in networking ID that te connections DNS suffix is the domain name.  I have seen where dcpromo doesn't update that (I now hard set ip befoer hand) and cause a mess that is hard to isolate.  
If this doesn't work boot into Directory Services Recovery, give it time, reboot
then do the above again...
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Bartender_1Microsoft Network AdministratorAuthor Commented:

Thank-you for your input, I'm sure that if I had managed to try this first, things may have gone a bit better, however, currently my system is severely crippled, and I've purchased another system to transfer the DC duties to while I rebuild this one.
I'm opening another question in Windows 2000 TA to discuss the steps I'm contemplating.


Bartender_1Microsoft Network AdministratorAuthor Commented:
New question can be found here:


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