Solved

Can you do a repair install for SBS2003?

Posted on 2011-02-24
6
768 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
somehow drive 1 and 3 in the RAID 5 array were put offline by the controller.  System will not boot into windows.  CHKDSK says there are unrepairable errors and doesn't scan.  NTLDR is corrupt is the msg I get when I try to boot to Windows.  I left the office last night with drive 1 rebuilding because it was taking forever.   Is it possible to do a repair install of windows that will have AD and exchange, dns still intact?  what would be the best way to move forward?
0
Comment
Question by:tkdwarrior
  • 3
  • 2
6 Comments
 
LVL 35

Expert Comment

by:Cris Hanna
Comment Utility
if put in Sbs disc 1 and boot to that...you should get the option for repair install
0
 

Author Comment

by:tkdwarrior
Comment Utility
i get an option to go to repair console or install windows.  when i go to install, it gives me 3 partitions and doesn't tell me which one has an operating system on it(probably because the data is corrupt and it doesn't know which partition windows is on).  thoughts?
0
 

Author Comment

by:tkdwarrior
Comment Utility
i am about to run a linux live cd to see if i can see the disks there and possibly back some stuff up.  What files/folders should i look to back up to restore AD, exchange, DHCP, DNS?
0
How to run any project with ease

Manage projects of all sizes how you want. Great for personal to-do lists, project milestones, team priorities and launch plans.
- Combine task lists, docs, spreadsheets, and chat in one
- View and edit from mobile/offline
- Cut down on emails

 
LVL 35

Expert Comment

by:Cris Hanna
Comment Utility
Windows will typically be installed on partition 0, unless partition 0 is a small one for factory restore

Have you verified the raid sets are good now?
0
 

Author Comment

by:tkdwarrior
Comment Utility
the raid set is bad and there is no hope to recover the data without special software or sending it to someone.  There is very important data on the drives also.  I have tape backups but the full backups have been failing lately(permissions for backing up system state).  i am pretty confident that i have a good exchange backup however.  

I have currently added 2 more hard disks and created a 2 disk raid 1 partition where i am going to install a fresh copy of sbs 2003.  the old sbs that failed used to be the root of the domain.  before the failure, i dcpromo'd on our other server so we would have some AD redundancy(i noticed the system state was failing on the backup).  Does this help me at all in terms of restoring AD on the new sbs install?  what would be the best way to go about installing sbs again, installing windows updates, installing backup exec and its updates, and trying to restore user data folders from the tape?  i will also need to restore exchange mailboxes from the tape.   any info that you have that could make this go more smoothly would be appreciated.  thanks for your time.
0
 
LVL 74

Accepted Solution

by:
Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy earned 500 total points
Comment Utility
If your other server is a valid DC holding your entire active directory, then you may be in luck.

You can follow this knowledge base article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/884453 (this is one of the ONLY times I would ever recommend following this method).  Before starting, make sure you have a valid backup of your remaining server and then follow the article explicitly.

Then, if you have a full backup of the Exchange database, you should be able to restore it to your newly reinstalled SBS2003 by following this article:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555603

You're in a tough spot, but this may be the way out...

Good luck!

Jeff
TechSoEasy
0

Featured Post

How your wiki can always stay up-to-date

Quip doubles as a “living” wiki and a project management tool that evolves with your organization. As you finish projects in Quip, the work remains, easily accessible to all team members, new and old.
- Increase transparency
- Onboard new hires faster
- Access from mobile/offline

Join & Write a Comment

I’m often asked about newer and larger USB drives connected to SBS2008 and 2011 failing Windows Server Backup vs the older USB drives not failing. As disk space continues to grow and drive technology change SBS2008 and some SBS2011 end up with the f…
I work for a company that primarily works with small businesses as their outsourced IT vendor. As such the majority of these customers utilize some version of Small Business Server. Due to the economics of running a small business, many of these cus…
This video discusses moving either the default database or any database to a new volume.
Illustrator's Shape Builder tool will let you combine shapes visually and interactively. This video shows the Mac version, but the tool works the same way in Windows. To follow along with this video, you can draw your own shapes or download the file…

743 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

17 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now