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local administrator account not shown on Logon Screen

Hi,

  I have Windows 2003 Server Standard (on a member server) that went down on Friday last week due to power failure. Today I replaced the power supply and the system is up. However the Windows Logn Screen does not give me the option (via Drop down menu) to log on LOCALLY. I can ONLY log on to the domain using network domain administrator account.
  So I checked User Profiles (My Computer/Properties/Advanced/User Profiles) and found out that there is "Account Unknown" and I suspect this is a Local Account that perhaps became corrupt as the Power Supply on the computer went bad;therefore shutting down the server abruptly.

  I can go to My computer and display all the folders under C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator folders.
  What would be the best way to recover the administrator profile other than simply erasing it and recreating the account all over? I do not have a backup system on this server and never backed up operating system off this computer.
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sglee
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gdemariaCommented:
I don't think there is a ColdFusion tag that can fix this..  maybe in version 10
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
gdemaria:,

  This is not a coldfusion issue. It is Microsoft Windows Operating system issue.

Thanks.
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evgeny_f31Commented:
are you sure its member server and not additional dc?
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cfEngineersCommented:
Perhaps this article will solve your problem. http://www.memphistech.net/articles/sid.html
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gdemariaCommented:
> This is not a coldfusion issue. It is Microsoft Windows Operating system issue

I know, lol,  but you're the one who put it into the ColdFusion zone, not me :)
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maxxmyerCommented:
It sure is discribed like it has Active Directory installed. Can you verify? dcpromo?
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
maxxmyer: & evgeny_f31

Sorry for late reply.
This server is app server but also a backup domain controller.
Update: I moved the paging file from OS partition to Data partition and now the server runs much faster. I still have unknown profile that used to belong to local administrator. I am yet to try the suggestion from cfEngineers:

Another interesting point is that if I start the server (W2003) in SAFE mode w/ no network, it allows me to log in as local administrator (even if the profile is corrupt??) where as if start the server in normal mode or SAFE w/ Network, the logon screen shows BLANK line (where it would normally show local computer name) and only option that I have to log on to the domain . Why is this happening?
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maxxmyerCommented:
i think you are missing the point. "also backup domain controller". The local administrator account is not available because it IS a backup Domain Controller.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
maxxmyer:
Thanks. I will keep that in mind.
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