I made a change on two Win2000 computers from a being member of my company's Domain to Workgroup and can't login
Posted on 2003-03-15
I work from home and access my company's network via a VPN connection. I have been attempting to share a printer between two computers at home. In the process, I tried changing from being a member of my company's Domain to being a member of a local workgroup that I tried to define. Using System>Network Identification>Properties I made the change from a being member of my company's Domain to being a member of a Workgroup and now I can't login on one of the machines. When I made the change (on both computers) I received a message (on both computers) that I was disjoined from the Domain plus something else indicating it wasn't quite complete, I assumed this was because I was not connected to my company's network via VPN at the time. I then received a 'Welcome to WORKGROUP' message for the new Workgroup I was trying to define on each computer.
Now on one of the machines I can login past the Ctrl+Alt+Del screen using my old username and password, but the desktop and applications look like a new install. It is not how I had the environment before I made the 'member of' change described above. When I try to run Microsoft applications (Word, Outlook, etc.) the machine looks like it wants to do a reinstall of the applications. On this machine, I have tried to switch back to being a member of my company's domain, but I receive a message stating 'Access denied' after entering my username and password for the prompt that says enter these for an account with permission to join the domain. Is there any way for me to get back on my company's Domain?
On the second machine I cannot login at all. I have tried using the same username and password that worked previously, and I receive the message "The system could not log you in. Make sure the username and Domain are correct..." The login window has just two lines - no line for the domain; this is the same on both machines. I don't understand why I can login on one mahcine and not the other. Is there any way for me to log on to the machine with a default password or username?