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SBS 2003 Applying Computer Settings

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Hello,

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.
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by:hydrazi
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Also, they do not have Powerchute software... it was the first thing I checked.  I have seen it do crazy things to a server.
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by:isaman07
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Remove the netwok cable and reboot the server. If successfull, check your active directory functionality, do a backup then perform a database integrity check.
Carefully check your event viewer for AD related errors.
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OK, I tried that and there was no change.  It takes 15 minutes to prepare network connections, then hits the Applying Computer Settings and stays there.  Even while that is going, it does allow file sharing access.  But Exchange and Peachtree do not start.
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I was thinking, in the interest of time, I need to uninstall Active Directory and reinstall it.  My main worry is what that will do to Exchange.  
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That will kill your exchange. OK try this, go to safe mode if possible and stop all exchange and eachtree services then restart in normal mode.
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So disable them?
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So disable them?
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by:hydrazi
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So disable them?
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Yes.
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Nothing seems to help.  Same issue.  I think I am going to have reinstall the server and do a disaster recovery of the Exchange database.
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by:hydrazi
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I was wrong.  When I did disable or manual ALL exchange services, it worked and all is working!!!!  I was even able to repair the exchange stores and get them working again!
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Glad i was a help.
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