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Windows 2003 Directory Service restores error

Posted on 2008-06-16
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Hello,
We have a problem with Windows 2003 SP2 Domain Controller. On booting, it gave the following error message:
"lsass.exe-system error: Security Accounts Manager initialization failed" error message and event ID 1168 is logged when you restart a Windows Server 2003 domain controller.
We boot the system to Active Directory restore mode but we cannot logon to the system so the only option left is to restore from Backup using Symantec Backup Exec.
We did a full restore including the system state; but on reboot the system came up with the same error message
"lsass.exe-system error: Security Accounts Manager initialization failed"

Please help???
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According to Microsoft, this event #1168 is an Active Directory internal error. The message and error code provide more details. This message might appear when there is a low memory condition on the domain controller.  
A solution would be:
 1.when Windows OS is booting, hit F8 to access the safe boot options.
2. then select Directory Services Restore Mode.
3. then try to login and run DEFRAG.
4. reboot the box
check if it works now.
 
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