Directory Services cannot start. Error status 0xc00002e1

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by Pierre, Oct 5, 2006.

  1. Pierre

    Pierre Guest


    After we tried to demote (dcpromo failed and I think ntdsutils was used) our
    old win 2000 server shows this error after the first reboots:

    "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. "

    SO we cannot boot except in Directory Services Restore Mode.
    Now, we really don't need AD on this server anymore. We just need it as a
    member server.

    We tried to follow without much
    success. And this is anyway trying to fix AD which we do necessarely need.

    Demotion with DCpromo does not run in Directory Services Restore Mode.

    Any idea how to fix this error and remove AD?


    Pierre, Oct 5, 2006
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  2. There's a half-supported way of demoting from DSRM. In a nutshell it
    1. Booting to DSRM
    2. Setting the ProductType regkey to Server.
    3. Rebooting (machine will think it's a member server)
    4. Promoting a DC into a new forest
    5. Demoting the DC.

    That brings the machine back to the normal state, more or less.

    If you don't feel comfortable with the steps I outlined, I suggest you open
    a PSS case -- this is a fairly common problem, they do this a lot.

    Dmitri Gavrilov
    SDE, Active Directory team

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    Dmitri Gavrilov [MSFT], Oct 5, 2006
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  3. Pierre

    Pierre Guest

    Thanks. This procedure worked great.


    Pierre, Oct 9, 2006
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