Lost ntds.dit have no backup on the server


Jonas Haggren

I have lost the ntds.dit file on thedc that hold the PDC, RID,
Infrastructure and the other master roles, i have 2 other Dc, that keeping
the network running for now..

How do i recover the dc withouth the .dit file, i have the log files left.
if that helps..

Can i get the ntds.dit file from another dc and start up the dc??
Or Recrate the .dit file and boot the server and it recovers from the other
dc?? how about the pdc then??

or shall i Take over the roles to the other DCs and reinstall the dc on the
server?? How about the RID / Infrastructure roles then?
Or should i reconsider to migrate to a new domain and start over?.

Me In desperate need of help..

/Jonas Haggren

Mike Shepperd

Probably the easiest way to get up and running would be to seize all five
FSMO roles to another DC (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/255504), shut down
the failed DC, leave it offline and perform Metadata cleanup
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/216498) on the remaining DC that holds the
FSMO roles after the seizure.

Then reformat the failed DC's harddrive and you can reinstall windows and
promote it to be a DC again.

That should have you going as quickly as possible without introducing more
issues into the environment.

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