URGENT! SBS 2003 issues - NO ADMIN ACCESS!
Posted on 2013-06-04
SBS 2003 server, R2 I believe, last week the HDD got completely full - 0 bytes available space (Symantec Enterprise Protection old virus def files).
When trying to fix that problem, it would not accept my normal Admin login - said it "could not load user profile" I think? I finally got in, but it said it was creating a new profile (or something to that effect), and it did look like a new user desktop - some of my icons were gone.
I also now see two user folders with my name - one just "Clay" which I think is my original one, and one "Clay.GCF.Local.000" which I suspect is the new one that got created?
I was able to delete the Symantec files & now have about 10g free space on the C drive.
Other users (workstations) have had no problems running their apps and accessing server data (which is on D drive, not C), but yesterday on MY workstation I noticed the domain tree under Network in Win Explorer was missing - it just wasn't there. Thinking it was something awry on my workstation, I removed myself from the domain & joined a workgroup in the hopes that subsequently rejoining the domain would resolve the issue.
It didn't - now I can't rejoin the domain at all - says my credentials are not recognized.
That's when I went to the server, and cannot login with either of the two Admin accounts I had (Clay and Administrator) - both just say "System cannot log you on"... credentials not recognized.
I can logon with a non-admin user I have called Manager, but of course I can't get to any management settings.
May or may not be related, but same time these issues appeared, the logon dialog box looks weird - name, password, and domain input fields are a darker color, can't read their contents unless select whatever is in them with the mouse. Strange.
I've done a restart of course - and also a complete shutdown - no change.
I have limited system backups, but I do have some. Three days worth made with the internal backup utility, not sure if that's gonna get me back far enough (before the disk full issue) - I don't think it will.
(If it sounds like I'm a little scattered here.... my first grandchild was born Saturday night... the last few days have been a whirlwind and I haven't had much sleep!).
When I loaded the backups yesterday to see what I had, I saw the ones from last 3 days and also some much older ones - about a year old - that are not in the folder I have backups aimed at now, not sure where they are on the disk but if the b/u utility sees them they should be there somewhere, right?
Haven't tried restoring the System State from one yet, that was my thought but want help from you guys first.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a "real tech guy" - no formal training, just many long nights sitting in front of a screen and throwing darts, but I am pretty decent at it, basically have been my own IT guy for the last 15 years, so I'm quite comfortable "under the hood", but not a true "expert".
Any and all thoughts appreciated - PLEASE HELP!!!!