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Windows SBS 2003 Lsass System Error

how can i restore my system to normal after the following error?

Have tried everything

LSASS.exe - System Error, "When trying to update a password, this return status indicates that the value provided as the current password is not correct"
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as far as my knowledge this can be resolved only by clean re-install, but may be some experts can give you the solution with out re-installing
Hi fiazco,

are you actually trying to change a password on an account
fiazcoAuthor Commented:
I have tried repair/re-install on the server but this does not work, since setup it cannot see the drives?

Running Dell SC420 Server with SBS 2003 Premium on Raid 0. Have tried to boot into F8 options to repair but the error persists with all the options!

Does a clean install mean i will lose my data? can anyone say or instruct on a solution without re-installing.
If I do have to reinstall does this mean i have to reconfigure everything?

I do not have a system state backup.

Prior to this the error message read:
"Security Account Manager Initialization Failed: Directory Services canot start: Error Status: Oxc00002e1"
"Please click OK to reboot into Directory Services restore mode"

I did not actualy see this error or know what happened between then a the current error.

JAY: I am not trying to change passwords or anything like that, just cant get the server started. Any solutions!!  
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if you have a system state backup you can try restoring to that, yes, a clean install means you lose all data, can you get into safe mode
Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
You don't have to do all of that... you can reset the machine password with the NETDOM command.  


The issue is that on DELL OEM versions the MACHINE's password gets corrupt.  This is not normally a user settable password it's for the SYSTEM account.

I don't know if this will help at this point if you've already tried restoration methods... so please let me know.

(This is why questions about SBS should not be in this TA -- I'll move this to the SBS Small Business TA).

i was hoping to avoid a clean install :)

i shall leave to the expert for this one
Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
I provided the exact answer... even though the asker didn't respond, this is the solution to the posted error message.

Jeff FellerSales EngineerCommented:
As I experienced this exact problem today.. I looked all over the Internet and Experts Exchange and nothing worked.  I finally paid the $259 to speak to a Microsoft rep (which I thought was going to be a waste of money at first), but we were successful!

The Microsoft rep just e-mailed me the following URL -- http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545

Granted, that URL talks about it being for Windows XP, but we followed the same command line stuff for Windows Server 2003 SBS and it was successful.

Also!  Because our local Administrator password was forgotten or corrupt, we actually used a Windows 2000 Server CD to boot-up .. This allowed us to bypass a password prompt and still have Command Line Recovery Mode!  (Thankfully the DELL PowerEdge RAID Drivers were available for Windows 2000 Server as well!)

Anyway.  Just wanted to add this for the next guy who has no luck with the other suggestions.  :)

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