How do I restore Active Directory?
You canít restore Active Directory (AD) to a domain controller (DC) while
the Directory Service (DS) is running. To restore AD, perform the following
- Reboot the computer.
- At the boot menu, select Windows 2000 Server. Donít press Enter.
Instead, press F8 for advanced options. Youíll see the following text.
Windows NT Advanced Options Menu
Please select an option:
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt
Enable Boot Logging
Enable VGA Mode
Last Known Good Configuration
Directory Services Restore Mode (Windows NT domain controllers only)
Use | and | to move the highlight to your choice.
Press Enter to choose.
- Scroll down, and select Directory Services Restore Mode (Windows NT
domain controllers only).
- Press Enter.
- When you return to the Windows 2000 Server boot menu, press Enter. At the
bottom of the screen, youíll see in red text Directory Services Restore
Mode (Windows NT domain controllers only).
The computer will boot into a special safe mode and wonít start the DS. Be
aware that during this time the machine wonít act as a DC and wonít perform
functions such as authentication.
- Start NT Backup.
- Select the Restore tab.
- Select the backup media, and select System State.
- Click Start Restore.
- Click OK in the confirmation dialog box.
After you restore the backup, reboot the computer and start in normal mode to
use the restored information. The computer might hang after the restore
completes; Iíve experienced a 30-minute wait on some machines.
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