DOA active directory and cannot enter Domain Services Restore Mode

I have a single domain server 2003 system that went down during some electrical problems at a clients building recently. when it came back up there were multiple problems with it including a disappearing active directory. I run Semantic Backup client on it and attempted to restore the system state but have ran into the following problems and am in dire need of some assistance. The DSRM password doesn't seem to work so I followed the steps to reset it and came up with the following error, 'RPC SERVICE UNAVAILABLE" and a win32 error message of 06xba. have tried everything I know to override this and have failed. Need to get this up and running tonight if it's possible.
Trying to remove the Active directory and recreating it didn't work. just FYI.
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Have you tried the the original administrator password AD was set up with?

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Esoteric3Author Commented:
yes, I have tried every password I've ever known. nothing has worked.
Mike KlineCommented:
What do you mean when you say you tried to remove active directory?  Did you try a metadata cleanup?


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Esoteric3Author Commented:
Misreported... I mean I tried to remove the domain controller as a role so that I could simply recreate it but again, wasn't able to accomplish anything.
It seems like this RPC server error haunts me at every turn. during the NDTS prompt I cannot even bind to the domain due to the RPC server error. going into services I cannot even stop the rpc service or restart it. it simply doesn't work for some reason.
Look at properties of the service and find the executable and Kill it with task manager then try to restart the service.
Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
Is the the only DC?
Where is DNS, is your machine pointing at your own internal DNS server
Another option would be to bring another server up and then restore the active directory onto that server this will allow the users to login but if all your clients are pointing to the orginal server for DNS it would probably a good idea to either change the DNS scope within DHCP or give the new DC the ip adress of the old DC. Please follow the steps bellow to restore the AD to a new DC.
Esoteric3Author Commented:
thanks everybody for your help! I wound up simply reinstalling from ground zero. I have another issue to resolve and it will be in the next question.
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