We use a Windows 2k3 Enterprise Server as our primary DC and terminal server. This morning after applying MS Updates and restarting as requested, the server failed to start with the following error:
System Error, security accounts manager initialization failed because of the following error: Directory Services cannot start. Error status 0xc00002e1
After starting in DSRM, I ran
ntdsutil files integrity
which produced the error
Failed to initialize Databank Jet Error -50
followed, however, by an ostensibly successful integrity check. (exit code 0)
This did not seem to help things, as the server still could not start, so I assume that one or more of the files under /WINDOWS/NTDS is corrupt.
I do have current filesystem backups - would it work to simply restore the files under /WINDOWS/NTDS, or is it more complicated than that?