Here's how I backed the domain controller. Sync all DC’s Run System State backup. Setup a Manual backup job through True Image Ran the following before/after data capture commands: Before net stop ntfrs net stop netlogon After net start ntfrs net start netlogon Snapshot was created successfully. Here's how I restored the image: Restored image to server Before booting into windows I went to Directory Services Restore Mode Logged in as local admin Restored from most current system state Rebooted after restored system state back in to DSRM. Opened up cmd and did a authorititive restore, restore database After the restores above, I reboot into Windows normal mode note if it states that there are any back-links. If there are, write down the name of the .ldf file that you want to run, and run ldifde -i -k -f FileName on any files and reboot again. I can get view the active directory users and computers, login with other user names, create users, remove users, but once I try to add a computer to the domain it get an error. I can ping the server and ping from it, so at the moment I do not understand why I can not add a computer to the domain. Here's the error I receive: A domain controller for the domain [domainname] could not be contacted. Any Ideas? Oh, I have a site with 4 DC's. the DC I am restoring is the primary.