Recovering encrypted files after creating new SBS domain
Posted on 2009-04-02
We had a Windows 2003 SBS R2 server crash a few months ago, and setup a new server. It has the same domain name as it had before, but since we were unable to restore AD as it is new hardware, all machine and user accounts had to be created. Since we only had 16 of each, it didn't take long to do, but obviously it created new profiles on each machine as well. One of the users had encrypted tax documents that he needs for tax season, but since he logs into a different profile although the domain\user is the same as before, he cannot decrypt the files. The old profile is still on the machine, but there was no private key exported before the server crashed. The files were encrypted using a domain account on the previous domain controller. Since that domain controller is no longer live, is there a way to log into the previous cached profile on the XP Professional laptop to decrypt the files? If the domain name had been different, it wouldn't be an issue to log into the machine with the cached profile, but that domain\user combination brings up the new profile.