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WIndows server 2012 R2 cannot run ntdsutil.exe - "is not recognized"

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Hello-

I am trying to run the ntdsutil.exe command from an elevated administrator command prompt.  The server is a Server 2012 R2 domain controller and has the AD DS and AD LDS roles installed.

When I run the command I get an error 'ntdsutil' is not recognized as an internal or external command...

The ntdsutil.exe file is on the server but when I go to the folder where it is and try to run ntdsutil from there I get an error that it is not compatible with the version of Windows I am running.

Any advice would be appreciated.  Thank you
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by:nobus
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you ran it from elevated command prompt?

more info on, the command here :  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753343.aspx
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Where is you ntdsutil.exe located and what is the date and time on it? If you run attrib ntdsutil.exe what do you see?
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by:Meg Middaugh
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Hello -
nobus yes I ran it from an elevated command prompt

lionelmm.. The path is quite long so I attached a screen shot showing the three Iocations.  When I couldn't run ntdsutil,  I  copied the file to syswow64.  

Yes I have already followed the directions in the link you referenced.

Thank you both for your feedback.  I would appreciate any solutions you can offer.
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It looks like you do not have active directory installed (or it is damaged) if it was you should find ntdsutil.exe  in \system32 folder-copying it to the syswow64 won't make it work if AD is not installed or not properly installed
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Do you have the other AD management tools on the server (AD Administrative Center, AD Users and Computers, etc)? I'm wondering if you (or whoever promoted the server) may have unchecked the box to install the AD management tools when the AD DS role was added.
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by:Meg Middaugh
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Removed and reinstalled the AD role and you are right that did the trick!  Thank you!
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by:Meg Middaugh
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That was the problem.  Thank you for your help
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you're welcome and have a great day
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