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SBS Server in Reboot loop - System error:LSASS.EXE: When trying to update a password the return status indicates that the value provided as the current password is not correct

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After running updates the SBS 2003 server produced an error:

"lsass.exe-system error: Security Accounts Manager initialization failed" error message - it recomeneded going into Directory services restore.  After attempting to start this the folliwing error comes up no matter how I try to start (safe mode / last known G C / etc):
 
System error:LSASS.EXE: When trying to update a password the return status indicates that the value provided as the current password is not correct

I do not want to wipe this system. Are there any ideas???
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Do you have a system state backup? You can boot into DSRM and restore.

Is this your only DC?

Take a look at this link

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/258062
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I only have a tape backups.  I was unable to boot into DSRM, it does teh same loop
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it sounds like you may have a corrupt registry. I would not delete any file like this article says, just rename to *.old so you can rename if the process does not work. You can do this through the recovery console or boot from a live CD.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545
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by:Alisanne
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Thank you, that might have done it, but i was in a pinch and had to reinstall OS and move forward...  

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All is now resolved after reinstalling OS.
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Could not resolve due to time constraints and chose to reinstall OS and move on.
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