Cannot restore Active Directory RRS feed

  • Question

  • I'm doing a disaster recovery plan for my company and I'm stuck with AD restoration. I cannot restore my domain by using system state backup on another hardware. FYI, my domain has a functional level of Windows 2000 native.

    I've tried article id: 263532 (How to perform a disaster recovery restoration of Active Directory on a computer with a different hardware configuration) but to no avail.

    I've tried using IFM but I've encounter this error "Unable to verify the restored files in the folder c:\NTDSRestore. Please ensure that the folder contains a restored Active Directory backup. The error was: The system cannot find the file specified."

    Then, I've tried to create a new domain with the same name and by using ntdsutil, I've copied the previous ntds.dit and edb.log but then I've got this error "
    LSASS.EXE - System Error, security accounts manager initialization failed because of the following error: Directory Services cannot start. Error status 0xc00002e1. Please click OK to shutdown this system and reboot into directory services restore mode, check the event log for more detailed information."

    Then, I've tried using ADMT but then it's only useful when you still have a domain/server around but what if you don't have it anymore.

    Then, I thought maybe I can create an additional DC through normal replication then put away the server since no other way works then I would take out the computer and use it when the time comes (surely it'll need to be updated once in a while). Is this even possible?

    Any suggestions or workaround?
    Wednesday, March 4, 2009 10:15 AM



    Hi hasril, after checking the issue, it seems this is a general Windows Server related issue. As this forum focuses on Windows SteadyState specific issues, this inquiry would best be posted to Windows Server forum:




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    • Marked as answer by Sean Zhu - Wednesday, March 11, 2009 6:18 AM
    Thursday, March 5, 2009 9:48 AM