server not booting, "the active directory is rebuilding indices"

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I have a sbs2003 r1 that wont boot. It says "the active directory is rebuilding indices please wait". on 2 seperate occasions I have left it alone for more that 4 hours, am I being impatient? before this I lost 1 of the 4 disks in the raid5 it has been replaced and is currently rebuilding the array. I have last nights backup as a last resort hoping it wont come to that.

any clues as to what to do next assuming I might be waiting indefinatly?
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uE

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OK,  the raid has finished building the array now I'm looking to restore the active directory using the backup I have. I have the system state and I'm assuming I'll use directory services restore mode from f8 at boot. now what? any clues?
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I'm gonna award my self these points! ;)
I've booted to  directory services restore mode with the disk containing the backup file on it. it opens to ntbackup and I'm going to choose the system state to restore.

is this right?

fingers crossed!
Are you sure you need to restore from backup? having a raid 5, it should rebuild back to a workable state..
Justin OwensITIL Problem Manager

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If your RAID has finished rebuilding, disconnect the network cable and reboot.  The AD rebuild should go faster.  You should not need to restore from a backup if your RAID rebuilt correctly.
uE

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thanks dr and debug

It turns out there were multiple HDD failures on the raid one after the other but not at the same time. I also had errors in the log about the HDD controller card. even after the rebuild i was still waiting on the AD indices screen for over 2 hours. I'm sure the AD has been screwed
to solve I rebooted into directory services restore mode and restored the system state.
thanks for your comments :)
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