Did you use the same type of hardware for your test environment? If yes, than system state should work properly, if not you need to make a clean install of server with all patches as they are in original location (check date of backup with installd patches on original location and test environment). Is your Exchange server DC too? What type of backup system you are using? Jurij Romih Secondary Exchange administrator/NT administrator Western Wireless International d.o.o. Brnciceva c. 49 1231 Ljubljana Crnuce email: jurij.romih@xxxxxxxxxxx -----Original Message----- From: Rory Grobler [mailto:groblerr@xxxxxxxxx] Sent: 28. oktober 2002 14:51 Subject: Really need your advice!! I need to set up a duplicate domain, so that I can recover my exchange server on my test environment. The problem I am having is even getting my active directory GC server up. I am restoring it to another make of server, something a lot smaller. It starts up and the DNS works. But when I run the dcdiag.exe util, it comes back with lots of errors, including error 1355, and "the server holding the PDC role is down". I am getting desperate as I have tried 100 different techniques in re-building my server. Thanks Rory **Disclaimer** This communication is privileged and confidential and any unauthorized access is prohibited. The views or opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of OUTsurance Insurance Company Limited or, its management. If you are not the intended recipient of this mail then please delete this communication and notify the sender accordingly.