Windows Server 2008 Standard Syskey randomly enabled

I wasn't aware this was even an option.
We have a Windows domain controller in an all mac environment.
Came in one morning and the syskey password prompt was up. We are now unable to boot the system into any mode
When I try a system restore it goes as far as selecting the keyboard layout...then says 'parameter is incorrect' when selecting US keyboard and reboots.

Any ideas greatly appreciated. Raid 5 server not easy to slave drives
pcsquared117Asked:
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McKnifeCommented:
Syskeyed DC? Wouw, that's unpleasant :(
I would resort to my latest system state backup.

Removing syskey using bootdisks like described in some tutorials on the net does harm to the syystem: all passwords are lost. I once did that and it was even worse, some things didn't work anymore (don't remember which, it was almost ten years ago).

Do you have a system state DC backup?

And: "Randomly enabled" should mean suddenly/unexpectedly enabled?
pcsquared117Author Commented:
Thanks for the prompt response

There is no backup .

and yes by "randomly" I mean suddenly and unexpected.
McKnifeCommented:
Ok and this is your only DC? If it's not the only one, why care, just setup a new DC. If however it is the only DC, how come you can still work?
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pcsquared117Author Commented:
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no one helped
McKnifeCommented:
You don't delete a question without answering the questions that have been asked with the intention to help you, sorry, but that's impolite. Please answer them, and then close.
pcsquared117Author Commented:
Whoops sorry about that.
It was the only DC in a MAC environment.
The client has just abandoned the server for now as fixing it is not in the budget.
Apologies for that!

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McKnifeCommented:
Ok :)
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pcsquared117Author Commented:
unable to solve. unable to pursue -not in client budget
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