Cannot Access SQL Server because Windows Account was deleted

My boss decided to 'clean up' our domain controller the other night and he deleted the Windows Account which is responsible for starting up and connecting to a Microsoft SQL Server 2000 database.

I can't even start the database now. How do I correct this problem?
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

You need to log in with a username and password (sa) and set up a new account.

Then switch your service start up to use either this new windows authenticated account or SQL authenticated (un/pw).

Logon to the server with an administrator account. Start menu Run type "services.msc" . Check the SQL server service prperties. The LOgon tab on the top will alow you to change the service account used to start the SQL server. You can use any domain account or local account with adequate previlege  to start the service. Setting it to local system will prevent you from such problems in future. Howver that is little less secured.

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
You can try to restore the deleted account:
How to restore deleted user accounts and their group memberships in Active Directory

If that doesn't work, you need to manually recreate the service account and give it the necessary permissions (and clean out the permissions for the old account, which will show up as a SID, while you're at it ...)
How to change the SQL Server or SQL Server Agent service account without using SQL Enterprise Manager in SQL Server 2000 or SQL Server Configuration Manager in SQL Server 2005
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Windows 2000

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.