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can you modify a win2k3 dc registry from a member server

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I have a smal win2k3 small business server. it crashed becasue of low disk space. I was able to extend partion and reboot but I have a black logon screen. I was able to find a fix for the black screen but it involves modifyinf the registry of the DC. Since i cannot see anything i nee to modify from a member server no other DC/BC's exist on network. Is it possible and if so how?
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If everything else is functioning okay on the SBS, you can simply start regedit on the member server, and connect to the SBS (from the menu). You'll then be able to edit away as if you'd opened it locally.
If you can't access it remotely, it gets a bit more complicated. If you don't have a RAID in the SBS, you can put the drive into another machine and edit the registry offline (details depend upon what keys you want to change), or you can create a boot disk (http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/) and edit the registry from there.
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The Server does Have Raid. What i need to do is Import a registry key that basically sets up all the colors on the OS as of right now the whole screen is black. I have tried the remote acces for the registry but I get an error "The program cannot open the required dialog box because no locations can be found. Close this message , and try again.". I will try the boot disc option.
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oBdA. Thank you so much. Here is what I did for anyone else to use. I created the boot disk you specify in your post. Very simple and easy to do. Then once I booted with the disk I loaded the registry from the boot disk and then loaded the HIVE that I needed to change. Once I changed the settings on the loaded hive I unloaded it and rebooted! Voila the server was back up as normal. Luckily for the client the Damage to Active directory was minimal. Only the primary DNS zone was corrupt. 3 minutes later I had recreated it and presto! Thanks a bunch!
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