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You receive a "File Not Found" error message when you use DCPROMO /ADV to restore a system state

Support for Windows Server 2003 ended on July 14, 2015

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When you run the dcpromo command together with the /adv switch to specify the drive and the path to the restored system state in the Active Directory Installation Wizard, you may receive the following error message:
Error File Not Found
This problem may occur if the following conditions are true when you try to restore the system state:
  • A site is deleted from the Active Directory directory service forest.
  • The deleted site is the first to appear alphabetically in this service forest.

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.


No prerequisites are required.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart your computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
Windows Server 2003
   Date         Time   Version       Size       File name   ------------------------------------------------------   13-Jan-2004  19:44  5.2.3790.109  1,055,232  Esent.dll           13-Jan-2004  19:44  5.2.3790.118  1,526,784  Ntdsa.dll
Windows Server 2003 64-Bit Edition
   Date         Time   Version       Size       File name  Platform   ----------------------------------------------------------------   13-Jan-2004  19:44  5.2.3790.109  2,605,056  Esent.dll  IA-64   13-Jan-2004  19:44  5.2.3790.118  4,036,096  Ntdsa.dll  IA-64
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
Win2k3 win2003

Article ID: 832942 - Last Review: 01/10/2015 14:58:54 - Revision: 1.11

Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86), Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86), Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition

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