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Security Accounts Manager cannot be initialized.

I'm getting an error when I boot up my Windows 2000 server:

"security accounts manager initialization failed because of the following error: Directory Services cannot start. Error status 0xc00002e1. Please click OK to shutdown this system and reboot into directory services mode."

I rebooted the server and tried following MS KB258062.  When I did a ntdsutil files integrity, I got an output that said that there is a page error, I proceeded to perform  a ntdsutil "sem d a" go.  

the result of that command gives me: Getting records count...0 recordssemantic checker:

Any ideas on what to do after this? Unfortunately, I don't have a backup of the system state.
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Mike KlineCommented:
Do you have another domain controller?
akyuenAuthor Commented:
No.  This is a stand alone unity server.
SandeshdubeySenior Server EngineerCommented:
If  semantic database analysis show errror you need to fix the same by executing ntdsutil "sem d a" "go f"
If error is not found in sysmantec analysis you need to defrag the AD database:http://support.microsoft.com/kb/232122

Even after defraging the database if issue persist you need to repair the AD database.You need to first try soft repair eseutil /R "AD datbase path" and then try hard repair if it does not work  eseutil /d "AD datbase path"

Note:Also exclude ntds folder from AV scan
Mike KlineCommented:
I  might open a ticket up with Microsoft before the eseutil since it is your only DC.  

When you get this fixed get a second DC up if you can.  If you would have had a second DC this would have been a much easier problem to fix.


Agree with MIKE, Be careful before you going to perform any task as its your only DC. Aslo if you have good system state backup of domain controller then you have a restore option of Active Directory.

Active Directory Backup and Restore in Windows Server 2008-

GUI guide of AD 2003 backup:

How to Restore Windows Server 2003 Active Directory

Abhijit Waikar.
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