Domain login issues

Posted on 2009-04-28
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
So today I found out noone could login to my domain. I coundlt even log into any of my domain controllers. So i ended up reverting one of the DC's to a backup of the system state but is about 30 days old because we lost a filer ful of this months backups due to a power surge. Now I can login to my DC's, but no one else can log in still, getting password incorrect errors. I cant log into any thing but my servers. Any help would be appricated. I am running Server 2k3 Enterprise
Question by:William2451
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    I think you may have to reset everyone's passwords to one generic password and then tick the option that will force them to change it the next time they log on.

    Hope that helps
    Jamal from
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    New problem with it, and im wondering if it has to due one of the DC's is online in a diffrent location I cant get to now. But after it being on for about an hour or so looking at active directory and accounts are missing, a majority of them are even accounts created long before the backup I reverted to.  I forgot to add the reason why we reverted is we believed that the GC got corrupt.
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    I have managed to get further on this issue. Now it seems that after if restored the system state of the PDC it is not replicating to the other 2 DC's.
    I have tried to force it through repadmin /syncall. I cannot login still because it seems the computers are trying to authencate to one of the DC's that do not have the active directory information replicated to it.
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    please check if the DC in different location isn't the PDC emulator and also if it isn't the only Global Catalog you have.
    Other words - make sure that in your main location you have these roles available.

    Then check the event viewer for the errors.
    Because you restored AD from quite old backup, I'd also think of resetting computer accounts - try to reset the password of several computer accounts and verify if something changed (reset in ADUC console).
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    Did you follow MS' recommendations for restore?
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    First check the event viewer and let me know if there is any errors occured.
    Since you have restored with old back up of system state, the user may not able to login to your domain. for that create a VB Script or a batch file to reset the password and also enable user to change the password at next logon.
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    Ok I have finnaly resolved my issues. Ended up having to DCpromo one of the servers and bring it back up and it solved the login in issues. Now I am faced with a few hundred disconnected mailboxes, but after trying to reconect one of the mailboxes once I point to toward a user account to connect to I have waited 6 hrs and it still has not reconnected so now im trying to find whats going on with this. Out of a few accounts that didnt disconnect everything works fine and they can send and receive so it seems exchange is working fine.

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