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FRS service Fails to start

Posted on 2011-02-20
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I am getting the following in the application error log after trying to start the frs service.  

Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      ESENT
Event Category:      Logging/Recovery
Event ID:      455
Date:            02/17/11
Time:            1:14:54 PM
User:            N/A
Computer:      RUDDRX
Description:
ntfrs (5016) Error -1811 (0xfffff8ed) occurred while opening logfile c:\windows\ntfrs\jet\log\edb.log.

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Some of the content refered to in the previous link may apply, but it does not seem to be close enough to fix the problem.  The most likely coment is that there is a corrupted edb file.  Reloading the OS is not an option now.  I am wondering if using dcpromo and removing the AD from the server and then reinstalling AD would work?
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Try this, before you take the step mentioned  by you

To perform a nonauthoritative restore, stop the FRS service, configure the BurFlags registry key, and then restart the FRS service. To do so:
1. Click Start, and then click Run.
2. In the Open box, type cmd and then press ENTER.
3. In the Command box, type net stop ntfrs.
4. Click Start, and then click Run.
5. In the Open box, type regedit and then press ENTER.
6. Locate the following subkey in the registry:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\NtFrs\Parameters\Backup/Restore\Process at Startup
7. In the right pane, double-click BurFlags.
8. In the Edit DWORD Value dialog box, type D2 and then click OK.
9. Quit Registry Editor, and then switch to the Command box.
10. In the Command box, type net start ntfrs.
11. Quit the Command box.
When the FRS service restarts, the following actions occur:
• The value for BurFlags registry key returns to 0.
• An event 13565 is logged to signal that a nonauthoritative restore is started.
• The FRS database is rebuilt.
• When the process is complete, an event 13516 is logged to signal that FRS is operational. If the event is not logged, there is a problem with the FRS configuration.
Note: Non-authoritative restore needs to be performed immediately. If the above solution doesn’t workout escalate to L3 with immediately.

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Great job providing easy to follow instructions.
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