Can I restore Active Directory from restored copy of the sysvol folder

OK, I think I know the answer to this question but I'm in a jam and am trying to remain hopeful. Is it possible to restore active directory from a flat file...a copy of the sysvol folder? I do not have a valid system state backup.
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Toni UranjekConsultant/TrainerCommented:
Hi!

Unfortunately, no, SYSVOL folder contains only Group policy templates.

Toni
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TG TranIT guyCommented:
Like toniur said, SYSVOL contains GPO, login scripts and such but not AD database.  AD databases is NTDS.DIT file under %systemroot%NTDS\ folder (unless you chose to install on another place during setup).

It is possible to restore if you did systemstate backup
http://www.windowsnetworking.com/kbase/WindowsTips/Windows2000/AdminTips/ActiveDirectory/ActiveDirectorydatabasefileNTDS.DIT.html
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scrathcyboyCommented:
why can't you use a system restore point?  Did you turn it off?  Is it too old?  If you have a backup of the whole system from an earlier time, you could load that backup to a different drive, and do an AD restore from there.
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Toni UranjekConsultant/TrainerCommented:
Clarification: technicaly, SYSVOL does not contain entire Group policy objects. GPO are tricky and they are dual in their nature. SYSVOL contains only Group Policy Templates, Group Policy Container is located in AD and together they form Group Policy Object.
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TG TranIT guyCommented:
scratchcyboy, there is no restore point in 2003, right?  It is XP, Vista thing
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Toni UranjekConsultant/TrainerCommented:
You need backup of System State Data to restore domain controller.
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