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How to Recover Active Directory Database in Windows 2008 Server

Stopping ntds service

  • Click start, and then click Run.
  • In the Open text box,type net stop ntds

Starting ntdsutil Command Line tool

  • Click Start, and then click Run.
  • In the Open text box, type ntdsutil.

How to Recover the Database

  • At the Ntdsutil command prompt, type activate instance ntds, and then press ENTER
  • At the Ntdsutil command prompt, type files, and then press ENTER.
  • At the file maintenance command prompt, type recover, press ENTER.Verification is displayed.NOTE: It is recommended that you perform a Semantic database analysis. Refer to the “References” section of this article for resources that describe how to perform the Semantic database analysis.
  • To exit the tool, type q at the command prompt, press ENTER, type q, and then press ENTER.

Complete a Database Analysis

  • At the Ntdsutil.exe command prompt, type Semantic database analysis, and then press ENTER.

  • At the Semantic Checker command prompt, type Go, and then press ENTER.

  • Verification is displayed. To exit, type q, press ENTER, type q, and then press ENTER.

Starting ntds service

  • Click start, and then click Run.
  • In the Open text box,type net start ntds

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