lsass.exe - System Error : Directory Services could not start because of the The specific network password is not correct. Error status 0xc000006a

Posted on 2011-04-19
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
Corrupt directory on a SBS 2003. No other DC, no system state backup.

The server wouldnt accept any admin password and when I finally manage to reset it, I get this error. I can get into DSRM and other Safe Modes, but that's it!

Tried to repair the AD, didn't work

Now I want to remove demote the server, but I can only get into Safe Mode, where it won't let me remove AD og DC role.

Any bright ideas?
Question by:ellegaarddk

    Author Comment

    OK, found this one :

    I'll see if I can get it to boot after removing ntds.dit

    Author Comment

    No, didn't help. Still getting stock on the lsass.exe error

    Assisted Solution

    This one seems to help me getting rid of the error message:

    Now I can finally remove the AD role
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    Accepted Solution

    I never tried but I believe a SBS 2003 without the domain role will be dead.

    If you can access the server remotely via network, try to save all data from the server:
    - files and documents
    - export the Exchange mailboxes with ExMerge (download from MS),
    - export public folder  (;en-us;822895)
    - Sharepoint: no idea

    Then re-install from scratch.


    Author Closing Comment

    Solved the problem by myself, but your solution is a good advice

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