I have an inherited SBS 2003 server that runs a Peachtree SQL and Exchange. It has functioned fine for years, apparently. This weekend they had a power outtage and it booted with the message that "Directory Services cannot start. Click to reboot and go to Directory Services Restore Mode".
I got it booted to Directory Services Restore Mode, and it came right up. I looked through the event viewer and saw that IIS Admin would not start, the Metabase.xml was missing, which I fixed.
Now, it boots with no error but it never gets to the desktop. Just stays on Applying Computer Settings. I tried rebooting to DSRM and it works quick.
They have no BAK file for ntds.dit. Any ideas what I can try next?
Then I tried "ntdsutil files info" and found that there was no .BAK file. Not good.