windows logon error

Posted on 2011-10-04
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I had a server crash, the drive is dead.  I did have a backup image of acronis and I just finished recovering the image.  The server boots to the windows logon screen, but I keep on getting this error messgae trying to log on:
"Windows cannot connect ot he domain, either because the domain controller is down or otherwise unavailable, or because your ocmputer account was not found"

I don't think a local administrator account is setup on it, so that won't work.
I'm not sure what else I can do to log into the server.  It's running windows server 2003 R2.
Any help would be appreciated.
Question by:afacts
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    Accepted Solution

    If the server was a DC, in the domain, the domain administrator will be able to log on as a local admin. On DC's there is no local security accounts database, just the domain database, so no local accounts can be used there.

    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks for your assistance, it's not a DC.

    But I was able to resolve it.  I unplugged the NIC cable and tried to log on using the domain acocunt without the server being on the network and it worked.  Then I set the admin password, removed it from the domain, added the server back to the domain and now it works fine.

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