troubleshooting Question

Can't bring up another domain controller in Windows 2003

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Windows Server 2003Active Directory
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I recently had a problem which you all helped me through.  I now have an additional problem that hopefully you can help me with.  We have an old 2003 domain that will be upgraded in a project this spring, but I have to make it last until then.  

Some background - our network was setup with one 2003 dc which was the dns server, fsmo roles, and the gc.  There was one additional dc which wasn't a gc.  

The main dc failed, and we had to seize the roles with the remaining dc, and make it a gc and a dns server.  It is performing properly as far as I can tell.  

However, I want to add another domain controller so that if the current one crashes, it's not catastrophic.  However, whenever I add the domain controller role to another server, and do the mandatory reboot, I get this message:
Security account manager initialization failed because of the following error: Directory Service cannot start.  Error status: 0xc00002e1
I have tried making an existing server a dc, and after I got the above error, I built a new 2003 server from scratch, and I get the same message.  Does this mean my AD is corrupt, and I can't add a dc?  Or is there a step I'm missing?  Do I need to do something before adding the role?
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