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Directory Services Error when logging into Windows Server 2003

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Greetings,

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.

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Hi

The Domain controller database has been corrupted.

Remove the DC from network and perform meta data cleanup.

http://www.petri.co.il/delete_failed_dcs_from_ad.htm.

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.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb727048.aspx

Thanks
Jai
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