How to start in Directory Service Restore Mode (DSRM) in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2


Here are two methods to enter Directory Services Restore Mode (DSRM) in Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2:




  1. From the Desktop use the graphical user interface (GUI) Msconfig tool. Click Start. In Start Search, type msconfig and then click OK. On the Boot tab, select Safe Boot, and then click Active Directory repair. (see attached figure)


  2. From a command prompt, use bcdedit. The command: bcdedit /set safeboot dsrepair enables DSRM upon restart. When you want to restart in normal mode, run the following command: bcdedit /deletevalue safeboot

This posting is provided “AS IS” with no warranties, and confers no rights.

MSConfig DSRM.jpg

Comments (5)

  1. Exactly what I was looking for during restoration of System State for a DC.
    Thumbs up!!!

  2. Arjun S.R says:

    thank you sir .
    information is good but make more deep in the subject ,

  3. Arjun S.R says:

    thank you sir .
    information is good but make more deep in the subject ,

  4. zari says:

    thank you very much

  5. Shadul Shaikh says:

    Way of explanation is excellent
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge