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Hi

I have a 2000SBS server which needs to hang in there for another 2 months.

It is not used for AD but it is configured.

It looks like it cant see the domain controller even though it is the domain controller when in "sites and services" etc..

I can't see the operations masters, they just show as "ERROR".

I cannot access ADUC for the last few days getting the message "the target name is incorrect"

I have an error in Event Log:
The File Replication Service has detected that the replica set "DOMAIN SYSTEM VOLUME (SYSVOL SHARE)" is in JRNL_WRAP_ERROR.

Would this error stop me accessing the domain?

If the server reboots will I still be able to log back in if the domain is down?

Thanks
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restart the server and keep pressing F8, choose and run directory services repair to see if it helps.
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I would reboot the server and boot it normally first to see if it sorts itself out.

Do you have a working backup just incase?
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Not of AD,  Tried a system state using NTBackup and it failed.
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Could it be DNS releated?
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You put that its not used for AD.  Is it just used for file services?  And if so, are the permissions etc setup or is it an open share?

A JRNL_WRAP_ERROR shouldn't cause this issue I wouldn't think.
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It is SBS with all the AD stuff installed but it is no longer used so now it is just required for file shares and a couple of applications connected to over the IP.

Connecting to the file shares are not an issue.
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Just to confirm, Is it SBS 2003 or 2000?

Have you tried restarting core services (AD/DNS/DHCP etc) - Note, if AD is inaccessible then it will have probably already stopped these services.
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SBS2000

DNS, yes.

DHCP, no.

What AD services?
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Its been some time since working on SBS 2000, I can't remember the service names.

Do a clean reboot and see if you have the same issue.  If you do then as per the first comment, run a directory services repair (F8).

It maybe worth getting a backup of the files and folders if possible...

You need to be replacing it ASAP ideally as its no longer supported.
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Yeah, should have been replaced a long time back.  Just need it to hang in for a couple of months.

My stress is that if I reboot and AD does not come back, will I be able to log in?
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The details SHOULD be cached.

You don't have much of a choice by the sounds of it though - This is why I suggested backing up data if at all possible.
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changing DNS to be the local static IP from 127.0.0.1 and a reboot fixed it.
Thanks all.
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