Yesterday someone rebooted a windows 2003 R2 sp2 x86 DC by powering it off with the power button instead of restarting it gracefully. Many of the services don't start on boot and even when they are started manually, AD and DNS are not working. I am not really sure where to start. Working on DNS or AD. I had them reboot it again earlier today to see if that would help and during login a message was displayed "Active Directory is rebuilding indices. Please Wait.... " I am guessing it was not completely successful. There are no backups. This system is old but still used for one application accessed via RDP for a small business.
The DNS event log error is 4013 - The DNS server was unable to open the Active Directory. The DNS server is configured to use active directory service information and cannot operate without access to the directory...
The Directory Services have a few errors:
Event ID: 1168 - Internal error an active directory error has occurred
Event ID 1824 - The intersite messaging service requested to perform an ldap bind operation. The operation was unsuccessful
When I try to open ADUC I get the error "Naming information could not be located because the specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted Contact your system administrator to verify that your domain is properly configured and currently online.
It has been a while since I have had to troubleshoot these types of errors - and I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. It may be I tell these folks to find someone else. I have been the only tech they have used though for the past 18 years...boy, I am getting old!
If you have any advice, I would appreciate it. I will continue to google these errors and try a few things.