How to recover Active Directory after Windows Server 2003 repair installation?

Posted on 2011-02-10
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
During troubleshooting a bad MOBO a Windows Repair Installation was performed on a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Domain Controller.  Now we are able to log into Windows environment but the AD services appear to be un-installed.  Running the Configure Your Server wizard displays Active Directory as Not Installed.

Any suggestions?  I would love to recover the AD accounts/groups etc.

Question by:surfcitycomputers
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Do you have another Domain Controller or a system state backup?

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no other domain controllers.  will check for system state bu.  does a repair installation typically kill active directory?
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it depends on what the repair did. If it would have just repaired some system files then it should not have affected AD. but it sounds like it may have replaced the windows direcotry where the AD database is. Doing a repair will not fix a corrupt AD database.
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One thing to add. Once you get this fixed it would be a good idea to add a second DC. This is the perfect case for having multple DCs. If you would have another one you could have this one up pretty quick after doing a metadatacleanup and re-promoting.

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The repair was a boot from Windows 2003 Server Std. CD, select installation, select existing windows directory and select Repair.

A second domain controller is not an option.  Daily backups to a external device is an option.  Since all of the data is still in tact on the original drive is there any way to extract the old Active Directory info?
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to get Active Directory restored you will need to boot into DSRM and restore the system state. Take alook at this thread

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