Cannot start Directory Services Restore Mode on Windows SBS 2003 server
Posted on 2011-10-15
I have a W2k3 SBS server that suffered an unexpected shutdown and a failed drive due to a major power event. I had been able to run a checkdisk to repair most errors on disk. The server then booted to the point where I received " Accounts Manager initialization failed because of the following error: Directory Service cannot start. Error Status: 0xc00002e1. Please click OK to shutdown this system and reboot Directory Services Restore Mode, check the event log for more detailed information." I was able to boot into DSRM but never received my Windows desktop. If I tried to run task manager, nothing would happen. I then attempted a repair of the OS then ended up with the same "Directory Service cannot start error" message during the repair procedure. I booted to a BartPE WinXp CD and tried to do a repair of the ntds.dit using esentutl but am receiving error "Operation terminated with error -1062 (Jet_errInvalidLanguageID or unknown language ID" . Unfortunately, the customer does not have a backup so I cannot restore the AD database. Please let me know if there is any other option than a reinstall of the OS.