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active directory server crash

This is sort of convoluted, and I am in over my head, but still been asked to resolve...

We have an active directory network, administered by a server who's raid controller card is fried currently as of two nights ago.  Among the machines on the network is box that takes care of financial transactions - the clients usually see this as a mapped drive letter that an icon on their desktop accesses and starts a program on that particular box.  Now that the server is down, we get a message about this resource is already in use or there is not a server that can provide logon rights (or something to that effect).  The systems are still up on the domain, I am guessing through cached information, but I am unsure what will happen when the IP licenses start expiring.

My big problem is this - how can I get two or three of the client systems to see this financial system?  Can I insert an IP directly into the desktop shortcut to bypass the domain controller?  It has not worked yet, but I know I don't know what I am doing.  My current idea is to take the necessary boxes off the network and use a router to set up a temporary network, reset the machines to access a workgroup, and work off of that.  Pretty labor intensive, but I am out of ideas.

Please help!!  Thanks in advance.
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chipsterva69Author Commented:
sorry - missing some of the specs -

clients are all win 2000 machines, finance and fried server win2000 servers.

i can ping the finance machine, so the clients can see it - I just have no clue how to connect at this stage.

Thanks again -
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mass2612Commented:
Hi,

Are you able to ping the finiance machine by name? If so then as long as the finance application does not rely on the domain controller for authentication or similar you should be able to get in. What does the detailed properties of the finance shortcut have? i.e. Is it simply a shortcut to a mapped drive such as: -
\\financeserver\financeappfolder\financeapp.exe.

What you could try is creating a local user on the finance server that has permission to access the files required for the application and then have the users right click on their desktop shortcut and using runas enter in the new local user account on the finance server. Something like this from a command prompt is what I mean: -

runas /user name:financeservername\user name \\financeservername\financeshare name\program name.exe
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chipsterva69Author Commented:
i was able to muck through a solution similar to what you describe, with a friend's help.  you hit the nail on the head though - that does work.  thanks for the help!
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