I have a client's 2003 Server, which is a Domain Controller. Their Hard drive crashed over the weekend and I have managed to restore it to another hard disk.
It appears that the only files damaged were the AD database (NTDS.dit).
This server is a member server (and currently the AD role has been handed off to another server so everyone can log on etc.)
Not of the NTDSUTIL tools work (they crash out straight away with Jet errors).
Can I just blow away the NTDS.dit file and replace it with the bog standard one that windows has in the System32 directory? Then once I get the server restarted in normal mode (will only start is Directory Services Restore Mode at the moment) rejoin the server to the domain and grab the AD from the other DC on the domain?