Server 2008- "Please wait for the group policy client" Cannot login

I have a windows 2008 Std box at a remote office, I dcpromo the box to add it as a DC for an exisiting forest and everything seemed ok. Rebooted the server and when attempting to login it gives me a incorrect login or password after sitting at the PLEASE WAIT FOR THE GROUP POLICY CLIENT screen for a few minutes.

Trying to login as local admin fails as well.

Ideas? HELP. this worked fine at 4 other remote offices,
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daniel_smithAsked:
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Mike ThomasConsultantCommented:
Maybe you just neeed to give it some time to bed in and load everything/replicate.

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daniel_smithAuthor Commented:
Its been 36 hours
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Mike ThomasConsultantCommented:
Oh then that changes things, have just simply tried to reboot? without being able to log in your options are limited unless you rebuild it.

Does the server list as being a dc in AD, are there correct records for it in DNS etc etc
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daniel_smithAuthor Commented:
ive rebooted many times, no luck.
AD shows it as a domain controller, DNS looks right i think, thats where I think the problem lies
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daniel_smithAuthor Commented:
in DNS forward lookup zones, it does not show up as a name server entry
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Mike ThomasConsultantCommented:
Here is a thought, try typing the password into the username field to ensure all the charcater mappings on the keyboard are correct.
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daniel_smithAuthor Commented:
did that already, its fine.
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Mike KlineCommented:
Have you run dcdiag and looked through the logs on that new DC?   Any issues on it?

Thanks

Mike
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daniel_smithAuthor Commented:
I cannot login to it to run ANYTHING like dcdiag, all login attempts fail.
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Mike KlineCommented:
can you look at the logs from a remote machine
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daniel_smithAuthor Commented:
Can you tell me how to do it for that machine from another machine? I thought it only worked ON the machine it was on
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Mike KlineCommented:
From the event viewer you can connect to a remote machine (right click and connect to another computer)

Thanks

Mike
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daniel_smithAuthor Commented:
Just tried that, i get this
Event Viewer cannot connect to computer
NEO-FILESERVEr. The error reported is: The RPC server is unavailable
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Mike KlineCommented:
Can you get into DSRM mode?
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daniel_smithAuthor Commented:
can i use DSRM to get into a remote machine?
I dont see how
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daniel_smithAuthor Commented:
Figured it out, used a sysinternals tool to run CMD on the bad server, fixed a bad DNS entry and rebooted it

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