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All Administrative Tool shortcuts do not work after System State restore

Posted on 2004-10-01
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Hi Guys,

I had to restore the system state on one of my Windows 2003 servers. The restore has been perfectly sucessfull, apart from one problem.

As soon as I had restarted the machine after the restore I tried to start "Active Directory Users and Computers" and recieved a message saying " This action is only vaild for products that are currently installed".

On investigation I have found that ALL the Administrative Tools are affected, for any user that logs onto the server. When I look at the properties of any of the shortcuts the target box is empty and grayed out! When I look at the permissions, there is an unknown account mentioned, in every shortcut. If I try to remove the user I receive a message saying that the user cannot be removed as it is inheriting its permissions from it parent!

Has anyone come across this before?? Is this a symptom of restoring the Sytem State or did I do something wrong? I have never seen anything like this before and the MS Knowledge Base sheds no light on this either.

Is there anyway I can correct this problem without manually recreating all the shortcuts??

Thanks

Kevin
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Reinstall the Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c16ae515-c8f4-47ef-a1e4-a8dcbacff8e3&displaylang=en).  This will give you all your Administrative tools back.  I don't know why your system restore wiped out the tools.  Maybe the system restore point was made prior to the first installation of the tools.
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Its not just the tools from the admin pack, but ALL the tools that come in a default install such as DNS and DHCP mangers. I had installed the adminpack as well and the shortcuts to those were affected as well.

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Kevin
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The Admin Pack contains the DNS and DHCP MMCs as well as all the other tools you would find on a Domain Controller.  Is your server a Domain Controller?  If so, you may have a larger problem.  If not, I think reinstalling the admin pack will restore all the shortcuts you are looking for.  Good luck.
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The server is a domian controller, but reinstalling the admin pack fixed the problem!The unknown account is still there though.... Cannot track that one down though, could it be the local admin account??

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Kevin
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I'm glad it worked.  The unknown account is probably not local since the local accounts are not used on a DC.  It's probably a deleted account that might have had domain admin rights at one time.
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