Windows XP Professional clients cannot log on to Windows 2000 server after Restore of Server
Posted on 2004-03-29
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.