A clients windows 2000 sp4 domain controller has gone bad. This is the only domain controller/global catalog etc. It is the entire domain. When I boot it I get the error:
"LSASS.EXE - System Error, security accounts manager initialization failed because of the following error: Directory Services cannot start. Error status 0xc00002e1. Please click OK to shutdown this system and reboot into directory services restore mode, check the event log for more detailed information."
I have read the knowledgebase on the error at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/258062/en-us
But for some reason we cannot log into the DSRM. It doesn't accept the password we had for administrator/DSRM password. I have tried all passwords we have ever used. Maybe the password hive is corrupt? We have a Retrospect system state backup of the machine but I think that does me know good unless I can boot into the DSRM to finish the retrospect restore correct? I understand the steps to be:
1.) build windows 2000 server
2.) restore from backup
3.) on reboot after restore log into DSRM (and that's the problem we will have)
We are lost here. We need this server back up ASAP.
Is there a way to reset the DSRM password without logging into the domain controller? Or will the Retrospect backup be feasible enough for full active directory restore? Thanks for all your help!