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Cannot log onto windows 2000 server locally

Posted on 2004-08-26
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I am running Windows 2000 Server as my DHCP.  After a reboot I no longer can access the computer locally.  The option to log onto windows locally is missing.  The only thing available from the drop down arrow in the "log on to:" area is my domain name which I cannot log onto from the server.  For some reason the local settings are missing.  If I can't log onto the machine locally, how do I gain access at all.

All of my client workstations (10) can still log onto the domain and use all of the Server resources.  I can log onto one of my client workstations locally with admin rights and then log onto the Server in question and view all of the shared files/printers/etc.

I have tried rebooting to last known good configuration but with no luck.  I have tried booting in Safe Mode but with no luck.  After every reboot it gives me the only option of logging to my domain instead of locally.  I disconnected the network cable and rebooted thinking that might be a problem but that did not work.  I am able to ping the IP address to this machine.

The reason for the reboot was I noticed that for some reason without changing anything I am aware of, I was unable to click on any of my workstation from the server without being prompted for a password and Id.  I never have had to do this before.  I was always able to click on any workstation in my domain from the server and view all shared resources on that workstation. I tried to fix this network issue before I rebooted but was unable to find any solutions. Hince the reboot which obviously was a mistake.

I am running Trend Micros SMB Internet Security Server based program but have not changed anything in it and have been running it without a hitch.  I also run my highspeed connection through a Watchguard Firebox 700 and likewise have not changed anything in it.

I have not done any changes to administrative rights or log on rights or to the domain.
This is my main server that I must have access to.  I hope someone might have a solution to my problem.  And I hope I don't have to reformat this computer. Any and all advice is welcomed and appreciated.
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DTSC
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Any chance the machine has been promoted to a Domain Controller?

If so you can only log onto the domain.

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