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event 1003 (102)

By jennyann
Jul 21, 2007
  1. I have a compaq that has an event error 1003 keeps occuring. I have been looking on the web and cannot find a solution. Also I am just learning how to debug...
     
  2. pdyckman@comcas

    pdyckman@comcas TS Rookie Posts: 527

    If your machine is otherwise working O.K. at least you can still operate. Check the exact times of these errors and see if you put the puzzle together. It has to be stemming from the same cause (most likely). Eventually you will narrow it down. Any new software lately? Does it occur only at bootup?
     
  3. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Here is part of what is found at www.microsoft.com on Event 1003 errors as well as their partner, 1168 errors. If you do a Gurgle search, you will find a lot more info.

    " Event ID: 1003
    Source: NTDS General
    Category: Internal Processing
    Description: The Windows Directory Services database cannot be initialized and returned error -1811. Unrecoverable error, the directory can't continue.

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    CAUSE
    The "-1811" strings in Events 1168 and 1003 map to the symbolic Jet error "JET_errFileNotFound." This indicates that the Active Directory database file, Ntds.dit, does not exist in the folder referred to by the DSA Database File setting in the registry.

    Note The DSA Database File setting in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CCS\Services\NTDS\Parameters section of the Windows registry points to the drive and directory from which a domain controller loads its Ntds.dit database.

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    RESOLUTION
    To resolve this issue, you must investigate what operations took place prior to this error condition being reported. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Verify that the drive and path that are configured to host the Active Directory database exist. To do this, boot into Directory Services Restore Mode (DSRM) and type Ntdsutil files info at a command prompt.
    a. If the physical drive that hosts Ntds.dit has been removed from the local machine, do one of the following things:
    • Reinstall the drive, assign the appropriate drive letters, and then restore the system state.
    • Change the database path to an existing volume by using the
    NTDSUTIL FILES SET PATH DATABASE location
    command to define a new database path. Restore the Active Directory database to that drive and path by using an Active Directory-aware database utility. Also, change the path for the Active Directory database log files.

    For additional information on using Ntdsutil, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    315131 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315131/) HOW TO: Use Ntdsutil to Manage Active Directory Files from the Command Line in Windows 2000
    816120 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/816120/) How To Use Ntdsutil to Manage Active Directory Files from the Command Line in Windows Server 2003
    b. The logical drive letters assigned to drives and partitions on the computer may be reordered due to SCSI termination changes, updated SCSI drivers, or administrators assigning new logical drive letters to logical or physical drives.
    c. If the logical drive letter assigned to Ntds.dit has been reordered and is assigned a different logical drive letter than the path displayed by NTDSUTIL FILES INFO, do one of the following things:
    • Reassign the original drive letter to the volume that hosts the Ntds.dit file.
    • Change the database path to an existing NTDS volume, and use the
    NTDSUTIL FILES SET PATH DATABASE location
    command to assign the matching database path. Also, change the path for the Active Directory database log files. Finally, restore the Active Directory database to that drive and path.
    2. If an administrator attempted to restore system state by using an Active Directory-aware backup/restore utility that failed to place the Active Directory database or log files in the correct drive and path, contact the vendor of that utility."

    Copied from the Microsoft Site.

    There is an abundance of information you can locate with a standard search engine.
     
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