When you try to repair the Active Directory database ( %SystemRoot%\Ntds\Ntds.dit) using the Ntdsutil tool, you receive errors similar to:
Operation failed because the database was inconsistent. Initialize jet database failed; cannot access file. Error while performing soft recovery.If this happens, use the Esentutl tool:
1. Boot to Active Directory Restore mode.
2. Open a CMD prompt and perform an integrity check by typing:
esentutl /g "<path>\ntds.dit"/!10240 /8 /v /x /o
3. Repair the database by typing:
esentutl /p "<path>\ntds.dit" /!10240 /8 /v /x /o
4. Delete the database log files from the Ntds folder.
5. Restart your Server.