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W2K AD recovery without having working backup.

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Any ideas where to start to attempt a W2K AD recovery without working backups?

When I rebooted the server, there is NO domain, NO AD, NO E2K DB, and I have lost the M drive (where the E2K mailboxes were).

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by:Fatal_Exception
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When you say lost the M drive, what are the circumstances..??   Will the drive even spin up..??  Got a feeling that if we cannot resurrect that drive, we may be in serious trouble here..

FE
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by:sirbounty
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Ew...this doesn't sound good.
Can you provide a little more detail?  All that was done was the server was rebooted?
Any error messages?  Check Start->Run->Eventvwr for errors in your system logs...
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by:sirbounty
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FE - M is the partition Exchange drops the DB on (my apologies if you knew this already)
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by:Fatal_Exception
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Ah yes...  I don't play with Exchange much..  thanks..!!
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Nah, me either, but I do have to support the buggers and now that's an important partition.
CrisAndrei - any feedback you can provide will help narrow this down so hopefully we can come up with a solution for you...
Do you have backups, just nothing recent?  (I HOPE you're doing some sort of backup/disater recovery for an Exchange server)...
Have you tried the Last Known Good option from F8 before the OS loads?
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by:infradawn
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If I asked: "do you have at least 2 DCs in your AD forest/domain" would the answer be yes? (BTW, the correct answer is yes!)

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by:bkoehler-mpr
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Is your MSExchangeMTA service running?  If not stop IIS, start the MTA (Message Transfer Agent Stacks Service), then restart IIS.
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by:CrisAndrei
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no MSExchange has failed to load .
Their backups are corrupted as the site person has not checked them and they normally only have a 5 day backup  regime.... sorry I have taken so long to respond, but I have been poking around the server hardware to try to se what the problem is exctly.

When i try to connect to the domain.local it comes up with error saying that it is unknown.

I am about o do another server reboot now, and see if I can recover anything ....
back in a little while.

Any further suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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by:CrisAndrei
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strangely I can still now telnet to the Exchange server !!!!
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by:Fatal_Exception
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Doubt whether this will help, but have you tried stopping and restarting the Netlogon service..??
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by:shahrial
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Diagnosing and Troubleshooting Active Directory Problems:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/reskit/samplechapters/dsbi/dsbi_add_vost.asp
Try this...
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by:CrisAndrei
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I had to rebuilt the server, and now I am back to the original Exchange 2000 problem.
Can't get inbound email..... grrrrrrr


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