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SERVER WONT BOOT - Security Accounts Manager initialization failed.

My server 2003 will not boot up.

The system does not get to the login screen and the error is - Security Accounts Manager initialization failed because of the following error: Directory Service cannot start.  Error Status: 0xc00002e1.  Please click OK to shutdown this system and reboot into Directory Services Restore Mode, check the event log for more detailed information.

I've got a another DC and a good system state backup of this server.

Can anyone advise on what actions I should take?
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8/22/2022 - Mon
Patrick Bogers

Did you try to boot with Last Known Good Configuration advanced startup options? (presseing F8 pre-boot)


It sounds like your DC has been corrupted somehow. Have you had any power surges or hardware failures on the DC? Or has anything been changed recently on the server?

I would suggest if you have a working backup you try to restore back using this.

if you have a backup then i would try dsrm and see if that helps. if not then restore from the backup
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There was no prompt for F8 unfortunately.

The server has a lot of applications on it, it be may be quicker to rebuild it from scratch. When the server is restored from dsrm the server is a blank DC if I remember correctly?
Patrick Bogers

Hi again,

What do you mean by "there was no prompt?" of course there is, check this.
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Thanks but when ever F8 is pressed on boot it goes to a HP configuration page (RAID config, etc)

How do I get into the safe mode, last known config, etc?

The server is a HP ProLiant DL 380 G6 running server 2003 R2
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It depends the server you are using. When the option "boot menu" is present you should select it.
Once you select to boot from HDD and press enter you immediately tap the F8 button which will bring you to the pre-boot menu from Windows server.

If no "boot menu" option is there you should be tapping the F8 button after the raid initialisation has finished but just before Windows starts to boot.

Cheers - I got into last known config but it didnt work. The 2nd logical drive has failed according to the HP software.

There are 7 disks in total.

2 logical drives -

2 disks for the OS (C:/) RAID 1 and 5 disks  for the (D:/) RAID 5. Only one disk on the second logical drive has failed with one with a predicated failure.. Why has the entire logcal drive 2 (D:/) failed when only one disk has failed??
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Yes I have ordered a new disk.

I've logged on through directory restore mode (could'nt get in via safe mode directly).

The status alert states code 271 - failed logical drive 2 1.1 TB has failed and cannot be used. All data on this drive has been lost.  Configuration changes to this logical drive are not allowed intill this problem is corrected. Would replacing the disk allow the RAID to rebuild as it would appear all data has been lost (no chance of recovery?). Plus the there is no D drive in my computer.
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I'm going to insert a new disk and see what happens.... Not holding out much hope though.

I still don't understand how the logical drive has failed when only one disk failed in a RAID 5 array - any ideas???