Can't log onto member server!!

hi All
i installed Norton Ghost 9 on my windows server 2003 member server and realised that the server has become slow to mouse clicks. I uninstalled the ghost but that didn't help. i then restored a windows backup (everything) onto the server but could not log onto the domain anymore. I removed the network cable from behind the server and was able to join the domain again.
i dis-join the server from the domain to re-join later but i now cannot logon to the the server. It tells me the
"the local policy of this system does not permit you to logon interactively"
I could see the server in AD but i cannot manage it (right-click server name-> manage) the local user and computers is crossed red!

How do i enter the server now? would reinstalling windows help? how would that affect already installed programs!

Please help!

it_gsrAsked:
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rhandelsCommented:
>>I could see the server in AD but i cannot manage it (right-click server name-> manage) the local user and computers is crossed red!<<

Normally this kind of behaviour only occurs if you upgraded the member server to a DC. Then the local security database cannot be used anymore.. Did you make sure to log in using the domain administrator account?? If this doesn't work, try to readd the machine into the domain. After that, try to log in using the local admin account..

Don't reïnstall just yet. If you reïnstall, i would suggest starting all over again, this way you will loose all installe programs...
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it_gsrAuthor Commented:
thanks Rhandels,
the problem is i cannot logon to the server to be able to re-add the server to the domain. it won't allow me in. when i use one local user name i remember, it tells
"the local policy of this system does not permit you to logon interactively"
i'm well and truly stuck.

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rhandelsCommented:
So there will probably be a policy on this server that came from the domain... Normally, it should stop these policy settings once out of the domain... The fact that you cannot access it through the domain could be explained, because the machine isn't in the domain anymore..

Try using this site to get in again...

http://www.petenetlive.com/Tech/Windows/WinGen/passwordrecovery.htm
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it_gsrAuthor Commented:
hi rhandels
I gave the password recovery thingy a try but unfortunately there were no drivers for my scsi drive amongst the whole lot!!! so i'm still stuck! what do u think would happen if i reinstall windows server 2003? would i lose my installed programs? i'm almost tempted to do that now. I'm also open to other ways of going round this problem though!




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rhandelsCommented:
Hi,

Sorry for the delay, if you ould do a reinstall, just try to do a repair upgrade (just install over the existing version). Normally your programs will still work after this (mind the normally, not sure) although i'd never suggest this for a working environment. I would suggest doing a total reïnstall (if you can't get the password), then you would lose the files and programs (do hope you have a back-up).

Still, i'd suggest trying to break into the system, i know it will cost ya some time, but if this is a "working server" it will cost more to do a total reïnstall, because of loss of programs.. If there are no files on the server and it's just installed, you can do the reïnstall..
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it_gsrAuthor Commented:
hi Rhandels...where have you been?!!!!....lol
well i wish i don't have to reinstall because i have Exchange 2003 and all the configs and stuff running on it. the up side is that the server is still in a test environment. i just dread the amount of work i'd have to do after reinstalling!!!...if i could break into the server, that would be excellent for me! if not i may have to reinstall windows 2003...it's giving real headaches now

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rhandelsCommented:
It's been a long time...

Normally, these sites (or maybe the programs they relate to) should get you on your way of cracking the password... There is nobody there that can guess it??? Else, i guess you should find someone who wants to learn these things  and let him install it (saves you time and just tell your boss he really needs it ;)). Because it's a test environment and you can't crack it, i would say reïnstall...

Just a small tip (i know, it's to late), create an extra account that can log in locally and can only change passwords for users, this way you can have a back-up plan..
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it_gsrAuthor Commented:
hi rhandels
know what? i just broke into my server!!! i remembered a user account i created earlier (when u mentioned it). i tried it and it told me the user has been disabled. so i tried that same account in safe mode and now i'm doing fine!!!
thanks for sticking with me!!! i think i'd still want to give you the points at stake since you led me on!!!
thanks mate!!!!
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rhandelsCommented:
Ur welcome... And nice to know you cracked the server.. ;) (kinda ackward saying this, congarts with the hack.. ;))
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