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  • MMC cannot open dsa.msc so I cannot access the Active Directory

    I am using remote desktop to control the Admn account on the Windows Server 2003 SP2. However when I try and access the Active directory, I recieve the error" MMC cannot open the file C:\Windows\System32\dsa.msc." and then it says it may be due to the file not existing or created by a later version of MMC or I might not have the right access rights. I Have tried reinstalling Adminpak.msi and the last thing I tried to do was add a group policy to deploy chrome for business. At this point it was working. I have a feeling a recent update may have caused this issue but I'm not sure. Can anyone suggest what to do? Im new to this so I'm running short on ideas. I should say it was running SP2 last night, it wasnt upgraded to SP2 overnight.
    Last edited by arjun; 4th July 2012, 12:37. Reason: clarification.

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    Re: MMC cannot open dsa.msc so I cannot access the Active Directory

    Does the file exist? Furthermore, have you tested by loading a snap-in manually into a custome one using MMC from the Run box?

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    • #3
      Re: MMC cannot open dsa.msc so I cannot access the Active Directory

      Originally posted by Virtual View Post
      Does the file exist? Furthermore, have you tested by loading a snap-in manually into a custome one using MMC from the Run box?
      the file exists and I just tried loading a snap-in manually and that worked which is good. How do I get it working normally though?

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      • #4
        Re: MMC cannot open dsa.msc so I cannot access the Active Directory

        There are perhaps cached settings still causing the problem. Have you tested using another admin account on that server?

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        • #5
          Re: MMC cannot open dsa.msc so I cannot access the Active Directory

          Originally posted by Virtual View Post
          There are perhaps cached settings still causing the problem. Have you tested using another admin account on that server?
          I dont have access to another admin account, should I create one? If so, is there anything i should be aware of when creating a new admin account in order to access the MMC?

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          • #6
            Re: MMC cannot open dsa.msc so I cannot access the Active Directory

            sorry I'm being overly cautious, I tried it with another administrator account that i just created and this worked. It must be a cache issue as you suggested. How can I correct this?
            Last edited by arjun; 4th July 2012, 13:48. Reason: clarification

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            • #7
              Re: MMC cannot open dsa.msc so I cannot access the Active Directory

              Delete your profile?
              (a bit drastic, but it will work)
              Tom Jones
              MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
              PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
              IT Trainer / Consultant
              Ossian Ltd
              Scotland

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              • #8
                Re: MMC cannot open dsa.msc so I cannot access the Active Directory

                Originally posted by Ossian View Post
                Delete your profile?
                (a bit drastic, but it will work)
                I want to reserve that as a last resort seeing as its the main admin account and i want to ensure that the new profile can access all the right objects.

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                • #9
                  Re: MMC cannot open dsa.msc so I cannot access the Active Directory

                  Do some research into where cached settings get stored for DSA.msc and other tools and then perhaps a case of just deleting that.

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