How can I crash w2K Active Directory ? - In our test network so I can test restore procedure...500pnts..

Posted on 2006-05-03
Last Modified: 2010-04-13

I have a test network setup running W2K active directory.

I need to crash the AD setup then fix it with a restore from the NTbackup system state..just for peace of mind before I start updating our live system...

Can I delete a file that will screw AD up ?

Question by:ise438
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    Try NTDS.DIT
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    Its very rare to have a distributed directory completely crash. A more realistic scenario is a mass deletion of objects either accidentally or maliciously.

    Deleting the NTDS.dit file will stop the affected DC from starting up properly, but it wont corrupt the entire directory. In a distributed directory (ie more than one DC), the easiest way to fix a single DC issue is to remove it from the domain and DCpromo it back when its fixed.

    Author Comment

    When you say a mass deletion of objects you mean users, computers, OU etc   ?

    What other objects are there in AD ?

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    The easy to find objects are the ones that are most likely to get deleted. The normal management tools (USers and Computers etc) only display a subset of objects and attributes.

    If you use adsiedit(.msc) you can dig around in the internals of the directory and access more objects and attributes.


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