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Can't login to SBS 2008 - "security database on server does not have a computer account. . ."

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Somehow, while doing a name change for the server, I created a problem.  When I try to login, I get this message, "The security database on the server does not have a computer account for this workstation trust relationship."  

Since the SBS admin account is not enabled by default, I can't log in that way.  The admin account that was created during setup is the one that is broke, and there are no other admin or other accounts that were created.  

Is there a bootdisk or utility that one can use to enable the admin account, so that I can try and fix this?  I've seen lots of info on the problem and how to fix it, but since I can't log in, I'm kind of screwed.  This is a new install.    

Any thoughts?
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by:Philip Elder
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Do you have a backup made just prior to the name change? If so, recover the server fully. The built-in back works just fine.

SBS 2008 is set up as a DC out of the box and cannot be renamed once the OS install completes without problems ...

You can try Safe Mode and renaming the server back and booting up to see if that works. Otherwise, the best bet is a recovery which works phenomenal BTW.

Philip
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The other option is to boot from the SBS DVD into the recovery console and hopefully you will be able to use that along with the netdom command to rename.

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We can get into it in safemode, but it won't let us rename the server.  From safemode, how do we check to see if there is a backup.  (Sorry, but I am not familiar with SBS 2008 - I'm buying a book!).
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by:skbryan
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I didn't make a backup, what I'm asking is if there was an automatic back. . .

I haven't tried to boot from the DVD and use the netdom command, but I will.  Thank you.
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My book would be very helpful to get you started! :)

If the netdom via recovery console will not work for you, then the only choice will be to fresh install unfortunately.

Philip
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Philip, what is the name of your book?
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We are going to do a fresh install.  Lesson learned.  Thank yoiu.
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