I have another open question in regards to the re-installation of Server 2003 / Active Directory directly related to this issue. The only reason I'm even considering a wipe of my current set up is because of the complications this install has caused for me. I would like to see if anyone has experienced anything similar or has any advice as to where I could go from here before I make the plunge of formatting the DC.
The server is running Server 2003 Standard Edition w/ Service Pack 2. The notable applications it runs include SQL Server 2005, Symantec System Center, and Symantec Antivirus.
I installed the hardware successfully, verified it was working properly via HP LT&T etc. Upon attempting to install the BE software, the installation appeared almost done when the server hung at "Starting Backup Exec Services". It hard locked and the only apparent recourse was a power cycle. When the server came back up, it hung for a very long period of time on Applying Computer Settings... before it restarted itself. This time it hit me with Windows\System32\Config is missing or corrupt. I had to restore the \config\ folder from the \repair\ folder. The server came back up but some settings had been rolled back. The Event Logs were wiped. Backup Exec was not properly installed.
After this, I spent hours going through the Add/Remove Programs and was forced to use the .NET Framework cleanup tool to remove and allow me to reinstall .NET 1.0/2.0/3.0. I also had to use the Windows Install Cleanup utility to remove several other programs that would not function properly, including MSXML 6.0, SQL Native Client, SQL VSS Writer.
After discovering and reinstalling all of the misconfigured applications, I attempted the BE Exec install again. This time installing the BE DB to a new local DB via SQL Express rather than the existing instance of SQL 2005. The installation got to the same point but this time it did not hard lock, it simply self-rebooted after sitting at "Starting Backup Exec Services" for approx. 10 minutes. When it came back up it again hung at Applying Computer Settings... it self-reboot, automatically ran a chkdsk of C:, fixed some errors, booted into Windows where I was hit with a lsass.exe error 0xc00002e1: Active Directory corruption. I had to restart in Directory Services Restore mode and spent the next couple hours troubleshooting the NTDS.dit corruption before being forced to run a lossy repair via esentutl /p. The server booted up and once again hung at Applying Computer Settings... until it self-rebooted. Once again I was hit with \Config\ missing or corrupt. Restored yet again from \Repair\ and server booted and this is where I have left it.
The server is functioning, but the extent of the damages is not apparent. I know that the environment is no longer supported by MS because of the lossy repair. I know that leaving the server in this state is not something I want to do. I know that I do need Backup Exec to install properly. Does anybody happen to have any insight? I can provide more info upon request. This has been nothing but a headache. I have never had issues like this with the installation of BE.
Thanks for reading.