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Active Directory 2003 R2 restore issue

Posted on 2012-08-24
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I had a Domain Controller fail.  It was the only DC in the Forest.  Luckily I had all my files backed up and 2 System State Backups to choose from.  I reinstalled the Windows 2003 R2 software and did all the updates.  Everything was working great until I went to Restore my System State Data (AD).  I did the restore from AD Domain Controller Restore Mode.  I chose Advance and checked all 4 restore options and rebooted the DC.

Now it won't boot into regular Windows mode.  It gives the Attached error message!

What can I do the get my AD working again?????
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Refer this article has exactly same error code as yours
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/258062

security accounts manager initialization failed because of the following error: Directory Services cannot start. Error status 0xc00002e1.
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Thanks sarang_tinguria... I will try these steps this weekend!
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So I followed the steps outlined in the article without any success.  I found another good article on how to removed DC status from the server and boot into normal mode:  http://www.offsitenoc.com/blogs/remove-active-directory-in-directory-services-restore-mode/

I followed that article and was able to boot into normal mode and removed AD.  I then intalled AD with the same FQDN and parameters as my old domain.  After configuring and rebooting, I did a non authoritative restore from my System State Backup that I have.  Now a get a new error message that I attached.

Any ideas????
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I ended up having to reinstall the Domain from scratch and redo all the workstations, total bummer!  I'm going to use image based backups from now on!!!!!!!!!!!
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Image based backup is not recommended ..I would really suggest to have two DC's in Environment ...Thats the best backup we can have
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In a small Business that have only one everything server AppAssure image based backups are the way to go:  http://www.appassure.com/
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Thanks for your assistance
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