Wednesday, December 21, 2011

STOP: c00002e2 Directory Services could not start


Out of a sudden, one of the Windows 2008 Server Standard x64 Domain Controller encountered the following BSOD error:

-c00002e2 Directory Services could not start because of the following error:

-A device attached to the system is not functioning.

-Error Status: 0x0000001.

Most of the solutions points to the disk where the NTDS is located. In virtualized environments, after changes have been made to the virtual disk setting (for instance a P2V), the second disk (in most cases storing the NTDS) were found offline. The solution would to simply boot into Directory Services Restore Mode, go to the Windows Storage Manager and re-online the affected disk.

However, in my case, I am only using a single disk with a single SYSTEM partition for both my OS & NTDS. Furthermore, in the DSRM, the disk were (surely) online.

Unusually, the solution was to simply backdate the system date in my BIOS (on Virtualized platforms, the virtual BIOS). I backdated the date to a few months back & the Domain Controller booted successfully into the OS.

I can now proceed to restore/replicate/demote/promote my Domain Controller.