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

Posted on 2004-03-29
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.
Question by:wilfrieds
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ID: 10703128
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..

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ID: 10703147
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..
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ID: 10704283
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...
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ID: 10711563
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?
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ID: 10712926
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..

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ID: 10712936
and if you need to delete a computer account..  here is the flip side to the above..

Delete a Computer Account


Deletes an individual computer account in Active Directory.

Script Code


strComputer = "atl-pro-040"
Set objComputer = GetObject("LDAP://CN=" & strComputer & _


Author Comment

ID: 10712984
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 .... ; - )
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ID: 10713044
In that case, we will be hanging around, ready and willing to help..  


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And thank..!!


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