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Remote logon to win 2003 DC, starts loading personal settings then immediately disconnects session

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I successfully demoted and re-promoted a remote tomb-stoned DC in one of our sites with a relatively poor connection.  
I used DCPROMO /forceremoval and then removed all instances from our FSMO using Metadata cleanup utility.  On the far side i renamed the server and rejoined the domain and then promoted it to a DC.

The users in the remote site have no complaints however since i restarted it upon the completion of AD i cannot RDP onto the server.  
It opens the session, i enter my credentials and as soon as it gets to the stage 'Loading Personal Settings' it immediately disconnects my session.
We have no IT guy in the remote site so communication may be an issue but i have so far only tried having the server restarted.
I read somewhere that it may be a service issue,  but even when i try to connect to the services through another server i get an 'Access Denied' Unable to open service control manager database on X.X.X.X

One more thing,  replication is successful from remote site to hub, but not vice-versa.


Any assistance greatly appreciated
Regards
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by:Tasmant
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Have you another admin account in oder to logon in your remote server with others credentials then the current you use? Could be the profile corrupt, then you could rename the folder to .old in order to generate a new one.
But for this we need to access file system, and the access denied error you get is not really funny: i think we'll get the same if we try to access the file system remotly \\dc\c$ ...
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by:concern_support
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Hi
Thanks for the comment,  i tried using another domain admin, which i added to the allowed remote users once i rejoined to the domain.
Again the same thing happens.   It gets to the loading personal settings then disconnects.
Very strange.  One thing to note though is that the user i just used was a test account that i only put into the domain admins group, so replication must be working in that respect.

When i try though and get to the folder using \\name\c$  i enter credentials and instead of access denied, i get the username or password is incorrect!

Thanks
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by:concern_support
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Sorry i did manage to get to the c$ share using the computer name rather than the IP Address.
DNS Issue?
I reinstalled DNS on the far side before promoting to DC.  
nslookup however resolves both IP and computer name correctly.
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Seems the same than access denied if password is incorrect.
Maybe try to enter the old local admin password set for this server before it becomes a DC ?
If you cannot connect on, it will be difficult to troubleshoot, have you ever tried using mstsc /admin ?
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Hi Tasmant
Ok so this morning i tried to log on to the remote DC and voila! For some magical reason i got straight in.
I made no changes yesterday as i couldn't so i can only presume this was a replication/DNS issue?
Very strange indeed.
However i would like to thank you for your assistance and although you're suggestions may not have solved my problem they certainly helped.
I will award you 200 points for your efforts
Thanks
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Close this please
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by:concern_support
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The resolution was not the answer,  it seemed replicatin was likely the issue however Tasmant was very responsive and helpful regarding other ways to try access the server.
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