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Server 03 repair install and Directory Services Restore Mode

Posted on 2011-03-02
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I had a RAID 5 array fail.  Recovered it and received various errors that I had to work through.  OS not bootable at this point.  I ran a repair install for Server 03 Standard and received a "Directory Service can not start; 0xc00002e1" error stating I need to use the recovery console to troubleshoot further.  Now I need to kill the Windows Setup that launches at boot.  I ran the Directory Services Restore Mode via F8 and got a "Setup can not continue in safe mode, click ok to reboot".  Round and Round I go.  Confirmed  that the boot.ini is unchanged and has no Windows Setup allocated there.  

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How do I remove or roll back the repair installation setup so I can access the Directory Services Restore Mode.  
Tried remaning the WINNT.EXE and still have the issue.  Have also ran recovery console and verified Bootcfg setup, ran Fixboot and FixMRB, chkdsk /f /r and the like to get to the point where I could run the repair option.

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Can I do a repair install by disabling AD services?  What am I missing.
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by:Mike Kline
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Do you have any other DCs in your domain?  The reason I ask is because if you do it will be easier just to wipe this one then metadata cleanup and then install and promote it again.

Do you have a system state back, you can do that too if you can get into DSRM but I'd go with option 1 if you have another DC.


Thanks

Mike
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No other DC, and no system state backup (i know, i know). I have recovered the data, but trying to prevent rebuild of AD. (Time Sensitive)

*All I need is to kill the "Windows Setup" loop i'm in.  I could then fix the lsass.exe in Directory Services Restore Mode and re-run the repair install.  There has to be a way to do this.  I have access to the C: partion inside [Admin Edit - VM].  I attempted to rename WINNT.exe and have the same "Setup is restarting" message.  When I attempt to access DSRM safe mode it says, "Setup can not run in safe mode, click ok to restart".  What do I do to stop Windows Setup?
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No solution was found.   Server had to be rebuilt.
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rebuilt server
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