I used Acronis to make an image of each partition, rather than windows backup pgm. The restoration worked. Perhaps I did not back up everything necessary, such as “system state.” But I thought a complete image of the partition would include that. I’m not an expert in backups but I do test them afterwards. Also, I did not back up the active directory (which I would have done if this were an actual company computer), and the error msg I get when trying to start is “security accts manager failed. Dir services cannot start. Lsass.ese system eror… 0x00002e1. Boot to dir services restore mode… Check event log.”
I cannot boot to dir services restore mode. None of my user-name password combos work. Either I mistakenly remembered a password, or the actual username was lost, as a result of corruption of active dir. The actual active directory database file,
is still there, but there is also a “recovered file fragments” file in the same folder, suggesting that chkdsk changed ntds.dit. It is possible I did the backup after I did chkdsk, w/o first checking if I could still boot, after doing chkdsk. Fortunately this is a learning exercise. If I were doing this at an actual company, I would have put each domain controllers on its own hard drive with a single partition, and I would have had multiple domain controllers. But for learning at home, I can’t afford to buy a separate hard drive, and I only have 3 computers.
I have 1 primary (win xp) and 2 logical partitions (distribution, data) ahead of the win server 2003 partition. By moving the partition I mean I used a partition managing program to increase the size of the first logical partition, distribution, and to add an area of unallocated space between the second logical parition, and win server 2003. Thus winserv2003 starts at a higher sector number, and ends at a higher sector number. It did not change its size. This is unbelievably easy to do with Easeus ultimate. To enlarge, you just grab the edge of a partition’s graphic representation with a mouse and move it over. To move, you just grab the partition’s graphic rep in the middle, and move the partition. Then you press the “apply” button.
I did the backup befor I did this. I don’t remember if I did the backup before or after doing the checkdisk.
I don’t have a bak of ad. There was nothing important there. It is just an issue of time. It looks like I’m going to have to spend an hour installing, and several more hours configuring and updating. I want to get practice installing winserv before Linux.