Windows NT 4 Server PDC Crash

Posted on 2005-04-08
Last Modified: 2006-11-18
Hi Experts,

This is bad, disaster struck today, i rebooted my NT4 PDC server today and got the dreaded blue screen of death, it turned out that one of the updates from windows update replaced a multi processor ntoskrnl file with a single processor file. With this the server would not boot, so i contacted microsoft who pointed me in the direction of a fix, after several hours trying to get this fix to work i gave up, all the users on the network were crying looking to use there pcs. So i no option but to install a completely fresh version of NT4 Server and configure it as a PDC in the hope that i could restore the winnt folder i have on a tape.

I use arcserver to backup my c drive and i have a copy of the orginal c:\drive on the tape, thing is am i going down the right track here, becasue i really dont want to have to reenter all my users accounts again and reset up all the permissions on the network shares.

I have a BDC on site but when i goto Server Manager on it to see if i can promote it says cannot find domain.

What am i to do, should i just start keying in all the users accounts again or is there a directory on the tape that i can restore which will save me having to do this, also i dont want to restore the whole tape because i think it will restore the orginal windows update as well therefore crashing the server all over again.

Really sorry bout this long one.

Question by:belronan
    LVL 7

    Accepted Solution

    You can restore the system and sam file usually in winnt\system32\config folder...
    In fact. just restore the entire registry.  THen you can restore files later and it should all work..

    But the system accoutns are stored in the Registry... which SAM is a file that has all the accounts in it.

    I know, brief and sloppy.. but I hope it helps.

    Author Comment

    but when i goto copy over the system32 config folder its gives me access denied
    LVL 7

    Expert Comment

    restore it offline then, you can either take out the HD, or boot to alternate environment.

    Write Comment

    Please enter a first name

    Please enter a last name

    We will never share this with anyone.

    Featured Post

    What Security Threats Are You Missing?

    Enhance your security with threat intelligence from the web. Get trending threat insights on hackers, exploits, and suspicious IP addresses delivered to your inbox with our free Cyber Daily.

    Greetings, Experts! First let me state that this website is top notch. I thoroughly enjoy the community that is shared here; those seeking help and those willing to sacrifice their time to help. It is fantastic. I am writing this article at th…
    Enterprise networks where VoIP phones have been deployed frequently use port configurations that allow both a computer and an IP phone to be plugged into the same switch port but use different VLANs. On Cisco equipment I'm referring to the "native V…
    Migrating to Microsoft Office 365 is becoming increasingly popular for organizations both large and small. If you have made the leap to Microsoft’s cloud platform, you know that you will need to create a corporate email signature for your Office 365…
    Sending a Secure fax is easy with eFax Corporate ( First, Just open a new email message.  In the To field, type your recipient's fax number You can even send a secure international fax — just include t…

    759 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

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    10 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now