W2k3 AD Server:

Hello,

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 

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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?

Thanks!



alpha-lemmingAsked:
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kaskhedikar_tusharCommented:
Hello,

Do one thing , start your server in safe mode & remove the windows updates.

Regards,
Tushar Kaskhedikar
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alpha-lemmingAuthor Commented:
nope, didn't help.
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GovvyCommented:
Directory Services Restore Mode: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/258062
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ZenVenkyArchitectCommented:
First you need to check the integrity of the NTDS database in normal mode if you find database is corrupt in the integryty check, then you need to login into DSRM mode and perform off-line defragmentation. Do not forget to take backup before you perform defrag. Please refer following KBs to do so...

http://support.microsoft.com/?id=258062

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/240362

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/232122
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alpha-lemmingAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys, eventually solved the problem by renaming the transaction log and rebooting.
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