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Windows Server 2003

I have a server with Windows Server 2003 running on a raid 1 pair of drives.  One of the drives developed errors and the directory services are hosed and I cannot recover them.  I have run the raid diagnostics and fixed the bad sectors, but I cannot get the OS to boot in any mode.  I have tried everything on the microsoft web site.  I think I need to reload the OS.  I have a complete backup of the C drive using windows backup, but I can't get the OS to get past the directory services error so I can access it an use it to do a restore.  Any suggestions?  Can I get assistance in reloading the OS from scratch?
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KCTSCommented:
have you another DC ? if not then Re-install windows, then restore.
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brumbotAuthor Commented:
What is a DC?
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KCTSCommented:
A domain controller
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brumbotAuthor Commented:
No, we only have one server.  If I try to reload the OS can I just do a very basic install (i.e. no domain controller stuff or anything else esoteric) and then recover everything from my backup?
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KCTSCommented:
MS always recommend that you have at least two DCs (Domain Controllers), so that if one should fail, all of your active directory data can be recovered from the other (more convenient than a backup in many cases)
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KCTSCommented:
Before you do anything - make another backup - that way you can't make things any worse, then do a basic reinstall and attempt a restore
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jgpdCommented:
my recommendation is to install win  from scratch and then try to restore using your ntbackup,just be sure of use the same old  computer name when you reinstall the OS
here is a good link from Microsoft to recover failed DCs
follow the Procedures for Performing a Non-Authoritative Restore
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb727048.aspx
Regards,
Jose
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brumbotAuthor Commented:
Thanks, I will.
I will let you know how things work out in the next few days.
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brumbotAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all your help.  Luckily I was able to boot the computer in the directory services restore mode and then use my rtbackup to recover everything.  I hadn't been able to do this before because my current administrative password did not work.  I was able to remember the administrator password that was used when the server was first loaded up and it worked.
Obviously I don't want to have this happen again, but we will still have only one domain controller going forward.  Can I make up a bootable usb flash drive that I can put away for emergencies?  Or a bootable dvd?
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KCTSCommented:
mmm - how come my suggestiion then very first comment "... Re-install windows, then restore." was dismissed when you then accepted the same solution ?
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brumbotAuthor Commented:
I am really sorry.  I did not realize that the last suggestion was not you.  It is really sneaky that someone can break into a thread and steal the credit.  How can I go back and fix this.  YOu were really the one who helped the most.
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jgpdCommented:
I don't know what  are you talking about brumbot. I'm here to help using  my  experience,I  did my recommendation  and also include a very good link from Microsoft , I  really don't care about the points if you want  send a message to the moderator  and  distribute the points as you want.
Regards,
Jose
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KCTSCommented:
@jgpd
The links is largly irrelevant - with only one DC the type of restore does not make any difference whatsoever. Apart from that link you simply repeated what had already been said in my posts 26115939 and 26116125
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jgpdCommented:
Friend ,I  send this question to a moderator I really don't care  about the points ,but if the author wants to give you the points  for my that is OK.
Merry Christmas
Jose
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