Directory Services Error when logging into Windows Server 2003
Posted on 2013-01-27
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.