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I have a workstation where I can not log in.  The following situation applies:

Domain Security Policy has the following:  Log On Locally:  Domain Users

The computer account for this machine is "missing or the password is incorrect" when I try to log on as the domain admin.  I think this is related to two machines being sent to us with the same name (I believe they were all created from the same image) and the machine account getting hosed.

Safe mode, LastKnownGood, remote manage (access denied) have been no help.  So therefore, I do not seem to be able to log on locally or through the domain.

I am thinking a parallel install and edit the registry, but it is a LifeBook and I do not even know where to find the CD-ROM.

Suggestions?  Thanks!
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by:Yan_west
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Hmmm try and reset the password for the local admin

http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/
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by:Yan_west
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after, log on locally, change the name of the machine, and rejoin the domain after..
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by:markoid
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Thats right Yan West....remove both machines from the domain
 rename the machine with different host name
add the machines back into the domain.

The trust between the machine account and the domain looks like it has been broken.
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by:crstechnology
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The problem is not a password issue, it is that the policy does not allow local users to log on (including Administrator).  I need to edit the registry to change that restriction.  Anybody know the settings to reset (I am looking as well)?  The password reset program has a registry editor, but I need to find the right setting to reset.  BTW, the password program is nice (I've used an older version, but look forward to using the registry part).
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I figured out how to fix it.  I logged in remotely using a 'net use' to the c$ share.  This established a connection (a logon of the local account that was not done locally).  Then I could use 'netdom' to remotely remove the machine from the domain.  After this I could go in locally and reset everything.

Thanks for the suggestions!
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