Can I do a repair install on SBS2003 with losing the exchange database and AD

The SBS 2003 Server is hanging on acpitabl.sys. I have read a lot of threads on the problem and so far have been unable to repair it. Is there a repair option on SBS2003 and if there is does it retain the exchange Database and AD. Are there any other problems with doing a repair installation. Thanks.
bert-reidAsked:
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tomcahillCommented:
Do you have a backup you can try restoring that file from?

I'll assume not since you are thinking of a repair install.  I do not know if there is an option to repair from the install disks but there should be the option to upgrade.

The repair installation is really just an upgrade install so it would not hurt to do that.  All of your exchange, ad, etc... will be retained.

However, as always, things can go wrong, make sure you have a complete backup before doing it.
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bert-reidAuthor Commented:
The users are responsible for completing backups since they are on a removable drive that is taken off-site. The last backup on in mid Dec. so I would rather not go back to that date.
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ded9Commented:
Hi,

can try this out boot from the cd enter recovery console and enter

disable acpitabl

and restart the computer.

Try disabling the service from recovery console.




Ded9
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bert-reidAuthor Commented:
Is acpitabl not needed? I am running a raid 5 on the machine. I just dont know what the acpitabl is.
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bert-reidAuthor Commented:
Tried to disable and received a message that acpitabl service cannot be located. Check that the name of the service is specified correctly.
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ded9Commented:
Hi,

Did you try renaming the file

Ded9
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ded9Commented:

Hi,

First in recovery console type listsvc

Find the service and then try to disable

Ded9
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bert-reidAuthor Commented:
rename acpitabl.sys to acpitabl.bak?
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ded9Commented:
yep
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ded9Commented:
Hi,

Also disconnect all the external devices only connect four things

mouse
keyboard
display
power


Ded9
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bert-reidAuthor Commented:
I am unable to locate. I have looked in windows\, windows\system32, windows\system32\drivers ?
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bert-reidAuthor Commented:
I have already disconnected all except those things.
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ded9Commented:
Hi,

In that case try to expand or copy the file from the cd from recovery console


Ded9
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bert-reidAuthor Commented:
I the recovery console I am unable to find a file named acpitabl.sy_ only one called acpi.sy_
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ded9Commented:
Hi,

try copying that file and check


Ded9
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bert-reidAuthor Commented:
I expanded that file and replaced the existing one........That was also unsuccessful.........
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ded9Commented:
Hi,

It seems its an acronis driver just try to restart the computer in safe mode and check which file is it freezing and also check the location.


Ded9
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bert-reidAuthor Commented:
I do use acronis to do backups, should I try to disable the acronis service. And if so I do I list the services so I know the name to disable.
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ded9Commented:
Hi,

yes please do that and first restart the computer in safe mode and get the file name and the path too.

Ded9
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bert-reidAuthor Commented:
No luck on any of it. When booting in safe mode it hung/rebooted on the line entry window\system32\acpitabl.dat. I looked and there was not a file named that in the directory. I looked at my backup from 2months ago and again no file???? I think that I am stuck trying to do a repair installation.....
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ded9Commented:
Hi,

Yes do repair installtion

Ded9
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bert-reidAuthor Commented:
Thanks for sticking in there an helping. In the end the only thing that worked was to do a parallel installation and then retrieve the data that way.....Thanks again.....
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