How to repair the SYSTEM file in windows server 2003
Posted on 2006-06-15
Yes, I know I am new and screwed up...
I am the volunteer IT guy for a small school and set up the Netork with Windows Server 2003 on a Server running RAID5 and a secondary domain controller. The RAID went down and after much playing... I mean work... I got it up. In doing so, I would get a blue screen with REGISTRY_ERROR. I followed the steps to copy over the 5 files (SYSTEM, SAM, SECURITY, DEFAULT and SOFTWARE) and got in as a fresh install. I then copied all of the data (while I had the chance) which worked fine except all of the users home directories which just show a SID under the security tab (probably because the Domain Admin had the rights and currently the box doesn't know what a domain is!) Anyway... I finally found that I could restore all of the 5 files except SYSTEM and the server comes up with the previous state, software, etc., BUT none of the original server functions set (like DNS, domain controller, etc.) That also means I can't get to the data still. SO... instead of trying to rebuild all of that, is there some utility that will repair the SYSTEM file while it is in another directory?