This photo was the best I could do. The message flashed up so fast I couldn’t read it. The only way was to boot the SBS 2011 Server and start taking photo after photo.
This occurred on Restoring this server from a backup using Shadow Protect.
A domain controller does not start or does not display the logon screen. After you restart the domain controller and watch the start process, you notice the following symptoms.
At startup, the server experiences a Stop error and briefly displays the following error message:
- STOP: c00002e2 Directory Services could not start because of the following error: The specified procedure could not be found
Error status: 0xc000007a.
- The server then switches to the startup menu for recovery or for a regular startup
So we need to reboot the server into Directory Services Restore Mode This is done by pressing the F8 Key during Normal Server Startup.
You will not be able to Login using your Normal Domain Administrator Password. You have to know the DSRM Password that was created when the Server was first built.
This brings most people unstuck. Here is a tip for later. Run the following on all your servers. This will sync the DSRM password with the Domain Admin Password. This can be setup as a scheduled task so no matter when your servers break, you will always remember the password.
ntdsutil “set dsrm password” “sync from domain account <AccountName>” q q
Once in Directory Services Restore Mode, you can check if there is a problem with the database by running the following commands in Command Prompt:
ntdsutil.exe activate instance ntds files quit
esentutl /p “c:\windows\ntds\ntds.dit”