Deleted a client computer on SBS by accident..

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Hi there,

I am having one of those months.. I was doing some general tidying up on the server when I saw a computer with a name that didn't match the other computer names in the client list. I deleted it and it turns out that it was one of our testing machines, doh! I have added the client computer (student151) back into the list but I am still unable to log in to that PC! Please see the attached file for the exact details.

I am also unable to gain access to the PC locally because I don't have the local login details.. isn't this fun.

I'm sure experts like you guys laugh at newbs like me. lol
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If your client machine doesn't know yet it was deleted - probably you can disconnect it from the network and logon to domain with cached credentials, then reset your local admin password, and re-connect machine to domain.
If this doesn't work, you have to use any of the password recovery tools, recover your local admin password and re-add this machine to domain.
You may experience problems with profiles, but if your new domain profile is empty you can logon locally and copy old profile to new one.

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Sorry, here is the attachment!

Gtworek - I will try this on Friday as I am at a different centre this week. Is there anything I can do remotely to help with this situation??!

Thanks
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Do you have backup of DC?
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Your going to love this.

The answer is no, our tape drive packed up last week and we're on that case too..

Any other suggestions?

Thanks

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None remotely working I can invent now. But still thinking ;)

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Thanks, I really appreciate it. Its so frustrating for me as I have little experience and knowledge in this area..
O. PierruSystem admin

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As gtworek said.
You should be able to logon offline with cached credentials and reset the local admin password. Then you'll have to re-join the client via http://servername/connectcomputer.

Good luck.

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By logging in offline you mean logging into the "domain" with the same user details as before but with the network cable unplugged?

Also, can you clarify "cached credentials"?

Is there a way of re-joining the client machine without having to log in locally?

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Yes this means logging offline.
Client machine caches some credentials used to log on, so it may not realize it's deleted in domain.

I do not know any method you asked for because your machine still knows about domain.

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Ok, I got a member of staff to unplug the network lead and log on to the PC. It worked and he logged in. When I asked him to go to the user accounts, he got something that was different to what I was seeing. So I will have to wait until I am there on Friday..

Thanks gtworek. I will post on Friday and also hopefully award points =)

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And I hope everything will go OK with your machine :)

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Logon as local admin goto my computer\proprties - computer name tab and choose 'network ID'
Follow the wizard and finally reboot

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Success!! A more competent member of staff at that centre called me back and I gave her instructions over the phone and we now have a happy PC15!!

Thanks to everyone for their contribution!

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