Solved

W2K AD recovery without having working backup.

Posted on 2004-04-28
12
180 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-13

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).

0
Comment
Question by:CrisAndrei
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • +3
12 Comments
 
LVL 40

Expert Comment

by:Fatal_Exception
ID: 10938286
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
0
 
LVL 67

Expert Comment

by:sirbounty
ID: 10938293
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...
0
 
LVL 67

Expert Comment

by:sirbounty
ID: 10938296
FE - M is the partition Exchange drops the DB on (my apologies if you knew this already)
0
Free eBook: Backup on AWS

Everything you need to know about backup and disaster recovery with AWS, for FREE!

 
LVL 40

Expert Comment

by:Fatal_Exception
ID: 10938731
Ah yes...  I don't play with Exchange much..  thanks..!!
0
 
LVL 67

Accepted Solution

by:
sirbounty earned 500 total points
ID: 10938793
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?
0
 
LVL 3

Expert Comment

by:infradawn
ID: 10939038
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!)

iD
0
 
LVL 6

Expert Comment

by:bkoehler-mpr
ID: 10939451
Is your MSExchangeMTA service running?  If not stop IIS, start the MTA (Message Transfer Agent Stacks Service), then restart IIS.
0
 

Author Comment

by:CrisAndrei
ID: 10939922
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.

0
 

Author Comment

by:CrisAndrei
ID: 10939957
strangely I can still now telnet to the Exchange server !!!!
0
 
LVL 40

Expert Comment

by:Fatal_Exception
ID: 10939962
Doubt whether this will help, but have you tried stopping and restarting the Netlogon service..??
0
 
LVL 7

Expert Comment

by:shahrial
ID: 10940848
Diagnosing and Troubleshooting Active Directory Problems:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/reskit/samplechapters/dsbi/dsbi_add_vost.asp
Try this...
0
 

Author Comment

by:CrisAndrei
ID: 10952400

I had to rebuilt the server, and now I am back to the original Exchange 2000 problem.
Can't get inbound email..... grrrrrrr


0

Featured Post

Announcing the Most Valuable Experts of 2016

MVEs are more concerned with the satisfaction of those they help than with the considerable points they can earn. They are the types of people you feel privileged to call colleagues. Join us in honoring this amazing group of Experts.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

NTFS file system has been developed by Microsoft that is widely used by Windows NT operating system and its advanced versions. It is the mostly used over FAT file system as it provides superior features like reliability, security, storage, efficienc…
We take a look at some of the most common obstacles that IT teams run into as they work relentlessly to keep all the alarms and sirens from going off at once.
This is a high-level webinar that covers the history of enterprise open source database use. It addresses both the advantages companies see in using open source database technologies, as well as the fears and reservations they might have. In this…
There are cases when e.g. an IT administrator wants to have full access and view into selected mailboxes on Exchange server, directly from his own email account in Outlook or Outlook Web Access. This proves useful when for example administrator want…

719 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question