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Special Edition Using Microsoft Active Directory by James Hudson, Sean Fullerton

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Restoring Active Directory

Getting a backup of Active Directory is not complicated, but it is a process that must be performed. In addition, as an administrator you must be prepared to recover the directory if something happens. This could range from a catastrophic failure of a hard drive with the NTDS.dit file to someone deleting an object from the directory that should not have been deleted. The time to understand how to perform a restore is not when you have someone standing over your shoulder wanting to know how long it is going to take to get the network back online. So let's look at a variety of restore scenarios and how to get your data back.

The simplest way to restore a single DC is to reinstall Windows 2000 and then enable replication ...

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