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SBS 2003 active directory safe mode won't / stops login

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I'm running SBS 2003 R2 and yesterday I had a Blue Screen event.

Now SQL doesn't work, and lots of services, like my firewall! won't start.

I want to rewind the server to the last good back up, about two days ago, but I can't restore the system state unless I log in in the Advanced - Active Directory - Safe Mode (or something like that, please accept that I am paraphrasing the NTBackup message).

When I reboot the system in the mode I need, I just can't log on! My Administrator ID and password are not recognised.

What can I do please?

Entire Business is dead until I can fix this.

I can't receive Email - firewall is dead as SQL isn't working - so I'll check this site every  hours or so.

Thanks.
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When you boot in Safe Mode on a DC, it uses the "Directory Services Restore Mode" password that was assigned when the DC was promoted.

If you don't know what this is, then boot Normal Mode again and follow this KB:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322672
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