Additional Domain Controller either does not exist or could not be contacted.
Posted on 2008-06-16
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"
So we decided to seize the entire five roles on the Domain Controller unto the additional Domain Controller. After seizing all the roles, we experience the following problems:
1. Users cannot logon to the domain
2. The additional domain controller cannot be connected to from the network using remote desktop
3. Exchange services did not start
How can I get this additional domain controller to work so that at least my domain can come up and work can continue in my office while I battle with initial error?