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Directory Services Error when logging into Windows Server 2003


I had a win 2003 server fail.  I restored an Acronis backup to different hardware.  After restarting I get an error on login:

lsass.exe  Security Accounts Manager initialization failed because of the following error, Directory Services cannot start.  Error Status 0xc00002e1. Please click ok and reboot into directory services restore mode.

I can start in directtory services restore mode and work pretty much normally but I haven't figured out how to resolve this issue.

If I look in the "computer Name" tab it shows *unknown* for the domain that the computer is a member of.  However I can open AD Users and Computers and browse over  to another domain controller and manage the local domain.  

I only need to have this machine running for a short time for one client-server application which does not require it to be a domain controller.  This server is on a network with a windows small business server 2011.  The other thing is that this server had a "c" drive and a "d" drive and I only restored the c drive.  I did restored most of the files from the d drive but that resulted in the server not starting properly so I had to go back to square one.

I think the best thing would be to remove this as a domain controller so it starts properly and then troubleshoot my one application.  However I can't run dcpromo in safe mode.

Any advice or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

Schuyler Kuhl
Schuyler Kuhl
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The Domain controller database has been corrupted.

Remove the DC from network and perform meta data cleanup.


While restoring use the same hardware configuration of the DC got backed up and restored DC should also have the same configuration.

Please read the below article.


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