I'm working on implementing a DR plan in the case of total company loss of hardware. In this case, we would have off site backups that would have company data. I the event this should happen, we would order hardware and build an offsite location to restore network services.
I have built a test lab and begun the restore of an Active Directory server. In normal cases, it would be easy to just bring another server up and replicate to it, however in this case we have nothing but backup tapes.
I have installed Server 2003 Enterprise (The same version on the old DC) and fully patched it. We use backup exec for our updates. I renamed the server to be the same as the original, same IP, everything. I installed the Backup Exec agent and then booted into Directory Services Restore Mode and did a restore of the System State, the C:\WINNT\NTDS files, and sysvol files. I marked in the backup for it to mark these as the primary, so it is essentially setting the burflag to D4. Once I boot the machine back up, I get the following error --
Directory Services could not start because of the following error: The specified network password is not correct. Error Status: 0xc000006a. Please click OK to shutdown this system and reboot into Directory Services Restore Mode, check the event log for more detailed information.
All accounts and passwords are the same as the original DC. I am really at a loss at to what is going on here. I haven't been able to find any good documentation for this scenario, only restoring in an environment where 1 dc is still present.
Please let me know if you need any further clarification. Thanks!
Once I get AD working, I will be also restoring exchange and restoring various files on the file server just to test that as well. One thing at a time though...