Windows DC boots in safe mode after full restore

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After performing a full restore of a Windows Domain Controller from backup, the virtual machine always boots in safe mode.

Even rebooting the server, the problem is not solved and the server starts in safe mode.

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Fix

To fix the problem Restart the server.

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Press F8 to start Windows’ Advanced Boot Options and select Directory Services Repair Mode option.

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Enter the local Administrator’s credentials to access the server.

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From Start menu open a Command Prompt.

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Run the following command:

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Type the following command to reboot the server:

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After rebooting the server starts normally.

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Keep in mind when performing a full restore of a Domain Controller.

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