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Cant restore Windows 2003 Domain Controller using BackupExec 2010 on a Windows 2008 Server

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Hello Experts,

I have a big problem. This was my setup before the problem. Our Domain Controller is a Windows 2003 Std SP2 machine. We have a member Windows 2008 Server 2008 Enterprise SP2 running Exchange 2007 and the Backup Exec 2010 Media Server. The server 2003 DC packed up, and we are trying to do a restore. We are getting an error message from the Backup Exec 2010 which when we look it up says something about the operating system and service pack level on the source and destination server needing to be the same. I need help to restore the AD on the 2003 server?

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by:willettmeister
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You need to apply the smae service pack to the new windows 2003 box that was on there when the box was backed up.
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I did have the same service pack level, what I am not sure about are any updates other than the service pack.
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In my experience it's just the Service pack that matters but I haven't used BE2010.  

Is it the only DC in the domain?  Are you testing?  Please provide a little more information about what you need to accomplish.  It may be easier for you to just add a new dc and then clena up the AD objects for the old DC than to restore the dead DC.
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Restore the database
http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH11107
do not restart the server.
do the following "To perform authoritative restore of the entire directory"
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb727062.aspx#E02B0AA 
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by:R--R
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Check this also.
After restoring the database.
Performing an authoritative restore
After the data has been restored, use Ntdsutil.exe to perform the authoritative restore. To do this, follow these steps:
At a command prompt, type ntdsutil, and then press ENTER.
Type authoritative restore, and then press ENTER.
Type restore database, press ENTER, click OK, and then click Yes.
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Thanks for all your efforts, unfortunately none of the suggestions helped. We ended up installing a new domain from scratch.
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The suggections did not assist
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