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Windows 2000 Repair NTDS.dit - Single DC no system backups available.

Hello,

My one and only Windows 2000 DC RAID controller crashed this morning and it seemed to corrupt my AD database since I am not able to log in. Upon windows services loading up I received an Issas error stating to reboot into Directory services mode..

So I did. I looked up all the NTDUTIL.EXE and ESENTUTL.EXE commands in order to repair/recover the ntds.dit db but no luck.

Command outputs generated error such as:

Operation terminated with error -1811 (JET_errFileNotFound, File not found)

Is there any special software or utility that maybe able to successfully repair this?

or am I stuck having to rebuild the server? :\

thx
Active DirectoryMicrosoft Server OSWindows 2000

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Robert Perez-Corona

8/22/2022 - Mon
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Mahesh

I don't think even MS will attempt to fix the issue as 2000 is out of support OS

Not sure if premium ticket (A grade) can allow to do this but they will charge $$$ hourly basis most probably

instead I suggest you to rebuild the server from scratch may be with latest OS (Windows 2008 at minimum)

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Will Szymkowski

Even though 2000 is out of support they should be able to do a "best efforts" attempt. MS ticekts are not hourly they are per incident.

Will.
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Robert Perez-Corona

thx for the pointers. I ended up correcting the path to c:\winnt\ntds\ntds.dit and used some other options and the repair process finished..

I opted for a chkdsk upon boot up. Now it's starting back up. let see how it goes..

I will advise shortly. Thanks again
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Will Szymkowski

Great to hear!

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Robert Perez-Corona

I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 250 points for seth2740's comment #a39777483
Assisted answer: 250 points for Spec01's comment #a39777597
Assisted answer: 0 points for tobe1424's comment #a39777748

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the syntax entered worked correctly
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Robert Perez-Corona

i ended up discovering the correct syntax with the help of seth and spec01
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Robert Perez-Corona

seth's pointer helped me discover the correct syntax i needed in order to rebuild my AD db.
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Robert Perez-Corona

sounds good to me