We help IT Professionals succeed at work.

Check out our new AWS podcast with Certified Expert, Phil Phillips! Listen to "How to Execute a Seamless AWS Migration" on EE or on your favorite podcast platform. Listen Now


Windows XP Professional clients cannot log on to Windows 2000 server after Restore of Server

wilfrieds asked
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
I am running a windows 2000 server with WIndows XP professional clients.
I just had to restore the Server from a backup for various reasons.  I used Norton Ghost 2003 latest update to do that.
The server works fine, BUT my clients are unable to logon.  I can ping all the machines so it is not a connectivity issue.
The message I get on the clients varies a bit, but mainly is that the domain controller for the domain cannot be found.
I have already tried to log on locally to one of the clients, then tried to rejoin the domain.  However, when I do that (using the Aministrator account), first the system tells me there already is a computer account for that computer and do I wish to use that; when I say yes the system tells me it is impossible to execute that command as more than one user with the same name are logged on at that moment.  Obviously, that is not the case.
The server directory lists all computer accounts.
I think that if I delete the computer accounts manually from my server database, I will probably be able to rejoin the domain, but for obvious reasons do not like to do that (and it is not a very elegant solution either).
I wonder if this happens as well when you break a mirror and want to use the second disk to reboot.
Watch Question

Fatal_ExceptionSystems Engineer
Top Expert 2005

For any other experts who want to read the previous post that got us to this point:


Will ck back after I get to work..

Fatal_ExceptionSystems Engineer
Top Expert 2005

BTW:  first experiment and verify that by deleting a computer account that you can now rejoin the domain..  could be that the SIDs are what is causing the problem...  

Breaking the mirror should not cause this to happen de facto..
Top Expert 2007

Try this:

Start->Run->CMD <enter>

NLTEST /Server:[YourServer] /sc_reset:[YourDomain]

NLTest may be from the resource kit though...hopefully you already have it...
Fatal_ExceptionSystems Engineer
Top Expert 2005



I used the NLTest as suggested, but it gave me an error_nosuchdomain, which was weird because there definitely is a domain.  I did notice the NLTest belongs to the NT4 resource kit and not the W2K resource kit (which I had installed already, I had to download and install the NT4 one for this too).  Maybe that was the reason for the error.
Anyway, I was critically running out of time and decided to manually delete the computer accounts and create them again on the clients.  Took me a couple of hours to run from one computer to the next, but it worked.
After PC number 6 or so I started to wonder that there must be an easier way to create computer accounts, without having to implement SMS.  Any idea for that one?
Fatal_ExceptionSystems Engineer
Top Expert 2005

This is straight from the MS Technet:


Create a Computer Account


Creates and enables a computer account in Active Directory, which must be used by an Administrator when adding a workstation to the domain.

Script Code


strComputer = "atl-pro-001"
Const ADS_UF_PASSWD_NOTREQD            = &h0020
Set objRootDSE = GetObject("LDAP://rootDSE")
Set objContainer = GetObject("LDAP://cn=Computers," & _
Set objComputer = objContainer.Create("Computer", "cn=" & strComputer)
objComputer.Put "sAMAccountName", strComputer & "$"
objComputer.Put "userAccountControl", _


Sorry we did not get this to you earlier..

Systems Engineer
Top Expert 2005
Unlock this solution and get a sample of our free trial.
(No credit card required)


I can use that one for later.
The funny thing is all this happened because I wanted to implement system disk mirrorring to avoid having to do this kind of thing again!  ; - (
Mirrorring works fine now, so now I am waiting until the mirror breaks and I will have to start asking questions again .... ; - )
Fatal_ExceptionSystems Engineer
Top Expert 2005

In that case, we will be hanging around, ready and willing to help..  


Fatal_ExceptionSystems Engineer
Top Expert 2005

And thank..!!

Unlock the solution to this question.
Thanks for using Experts Exchange.

Please provide your email to receive a sample view!

*This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.


Please enter a first name

Please enter a last name

8+ characters (letters, numbers, and a symbol)

By clicking, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.