Certificate Authority Database Corruption

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Jeff G, Sep 27, 2005.

  1. Jeff G

    Jeff G Guest

    I came in this morning and noticed that my server (installed last week) lost
    power unexpectedly. As a result, the certificate authority services will not
    start. The error message says "The database is damaged 0xc8000226 (ESE:
    -550)".

    Does anyone have any ideas on what to do? This error message number doesn't
    show up on the Microsoft KB. I just got this server up and running last week
    so I did not have a chance to backup my CA.

    Any help would be appreciated.
     
    Jeff G, Sep 27, 2005
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  2. Open a command prompt on the server and go to the windows\system32\certlog
    folder.

    Run the following command line.

    ESENTUTL /r edb

    If that command returns successfully, try to restart the service. If that
    command fails, try to restore a backup. If you do not have a backup or fails
    to
    restore, there is no other alternative but to reinstall Certificate services
    thereby rebuilding the database. This will unfortunately wipe out any
    previous
    certificates.

    It means you have not any other chance.

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    Giuseppe Nacci, Sep 27, 2005
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  3. Jeff G

    Jeff G Guest

    I tried the steps you stated. It said that the soft recovery was successful
    but the service will still not start.

    Since I will have to reinstall CA, do you have any ideas on a good
    procedure. I am using CA generated certificates for RPC over HTTP Outlook
    connections.

    Thanks for your help.
     
    Jeff G, Sep 27, 2005
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  4. Did u do a backup?
    If u re-install CA you'll lose your entire data reffered to.
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    Giuseppe Nacci, Sep 27, 2005
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  5. Jeff G

    Jeff G Guest

    I know it may sound irresponsible, but I just got the server up and running
    last week and scheduling all of the different backups was on my docket for
    this week. I made sure on Friday that the Exchange store was backed up but I
    didn't do the certificate area. :(
     
    Jeff G, Sep 28, 2005
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