I can't figure out why. I restored it non-authoritatively and authoritatively (using the NTDSutil), but I'm still having the same problem. I also saved the boot.ini and hal.dll file and renamed them before I restored the save set so I could switch back if I want to for testing, but it made no difference. All the data for Active Directory shows up and the operations manager is pointing to the right machine and domain name, but when I click on some users or DNS properties, it hangs. I would say it is timing out or looking for some connection or domain, etc.
At this point, I am not connected to any network since it would be my first server and I am just starting to rebuild my network. Is there a way to change the DNS to primary (file replication services)? I checked under the SYSVOL folder but could not find any settings. It looks to me like it is waiting or trying to communicate with another domain or waiting for an outstanding I/O.
I suggest building the new system from scratch and restoring just your data files. Then fully reconfigure the new system to meet your needs. In the future, only attempt a restore to duplicate hardware.
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