win 2003 server password gone/changed
Posted on 2011-02-20
some background; small classroom domain. had one server with pw xxx, which was the admin domain pw. some time ago I added another server, and changed the domain pw to xxx* (added a character). the first server has always worked fine, til today. The second has had problems, which I had been working on. both active directory, dns, and I wanted them to both be DC, with goal of moving all to the new server. In AD they are both listed as DC, ping to FQDN was good, dns showed both, etc. But errors were that active directory wasn't available on the second server.
So I was looking into tools like dcdiag, and came to adsiedit. I saw some IP entries on server 2 which were first attempts when setting up, and were now incorrect so I delteted them. I compared settings between the two servers and basically made all the same. No joy, so with a headache I left last night while server1 ran updates and rebooted.
Now, I cannot login to server1 at all. I can login to server2, but only with the Old pw from a year ago. ???
And, student profiles do not load, which are on server1.
I did nothing to change any passwords, to my knowledge.
I need help, very quickly. PM's???
edit; server1 is installed on an older hp desktop, not an actual server machine. So bios is not a server bios; don't know if that helps. One of the reasons I wanted to change things. If it matters it's an easy thing to take the hd out and slave it, so program paths and profiles can be seen and copied if need be. But it's a license server also and I need those to run.