Urgent, need help with NTDSutil syntax, disaster recovery

Posted on 2006-05-16
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I am trying to run NTDSutil to restore ADS so I can then do an Exchange restore (I HOPE).  I am using Backup Exec 10.0 for SBS.  I already let SBS install and configue ADS and Exchange to match the old names of the crashed server (different box).  I think was was my first mistake.  Not knowing the name of the windows folder (windows or winnt, I don't know) seems to be a problem too.. right now it's at "windows" and I was going to go with that.

The error I get when I try to run NTDSutil is:

Opening DIT Database...
Could not initialize the jet engine:  Jet Error -528.

Error 8000ffff parsing input - illegal syntax?

Authoritative Restore failed.

---end of error

I need to restore all the user accounts and what not for the Exchange restore.  The command it has me run is:  

Restore Subtree ou=MyBusiness\Users\SBSUsers.dc=mydomain,dc=local

 (for mydoman.local, the users folder)

and it gives me that error.. I am using the computers ou as an example.. again, I am not really sure what I need to restore.. I need to get the users back for the exchange restore to run properly.
Question by:aconway
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    by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
    There are a number of restrictions of restoring an entire SBS to new hardware.  Are you just trying to restore Exchange or your entire server?

    Please see for the proper procedure and requirements for restoring the server.

    Specifically, in order to restore to different hardware, the following must be the same as the original computer:

    • SCSI controller. You can restore to a computer that has an IDE controller if the original computer had SCSI.
    • Motherboard chip set.
    • Number of processors.
    • Hard disk size. The new computer’s hard disk should contain matching volumes the same size or larger than those on the original computer.
    • Drive letter of the boot partition.

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    In regards to your errors it looks like Veritas might address it:

    Author Comment

    I found that Veritas tech doc as well, and that did not resolve the issue in this instance.  I have the old server hardware now, with a new hard drive... so I am going to attempt to restore to that machine after I do a reload of SBS2000.  I will keep this thread updated over the weekend.
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    by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
    Wait a minute... is this SBS 2000 or 2003?  there are definitely differences in what you can do for restoration.


    Author Comment

    Dealing with SBS 2000.


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