I have a windows 2000 DC and a windows 2003 dc and a 2003 exchange server. The windows 2000 dc was installed first then the 2003 a fair few years later. This morning my 2000 dc failed to start with the error LSASS.EXE - system error, security accounts manager initialization failed because the following error: Directory services cannot start.
I have got the microsoft solution to the issue but it requires me to have the Directory services restore mode password, which i dont have as i didnt set the server up and i failed to change when server was working.
So as i understand my only option is to, demote the 2000 dc using dcpromo, will this then allow the 2000 to boot up and not require active directory to function? I have files on the 2000 that i need to get but obviously i cant get in to the server because of the issue and the forgotten password.
If someone could advise i would be grateful. Worried that if i run the dcpromo i will mess it up as not sure if the 2003 has all the required info.