Can Ping virtual machine but unable to logon

Om Joshi
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I can ping my windows 2008 server in VMWare esxi 5.5 server but unable to logon.

bascially, server01 ( DC1  with GC) ip 192.168.0.50/255.255.255.0/gateway 192.168.0.1/ dns1 192.168.0.1/dns2 192.168.0.51 and server02 (secondary DC2 with GC, DNS, Terminal service, etc) ip address 192.168.0.51/255.255.255.0, do not remember gateway & dns ip on this machine.

My server02 crashed and falied to power on with conflict of disc error.
so, i downloaded the server into VMware 11 on my laptop and truned it on successfully and then i moved server02 to VMEsxi but unable to logon. I can ping the server. I get incorrect user and password error everytime i try to logon.

I tried to logon to safemode after resetting local admin password using password reset utility from boot disc still no luck, same error message - incorrect user and password. I also get the same issue on vmware 11 as i tried to logon on that machine. then i thought importing back into ESXI could solve the problem.

I want to check DNS & DHCP settings on the server02 i believe if can get access then i can check and change.

is there any solution to this.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Commented:
is this just a member server ?
Om JoshiSr. System Administrator

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Commented:
yes, its a member server and it was working fine until it crashed.
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Commented:
I would use this method to reset the password....using a standard 2008 R2 CDROM boot disk.

http://www.kieranlane.com/2012/12/12/resetting-administrator-password-windows-2008/

works without fall all the time for us.
Om JoshiSr. System Administrator

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Commented:
Hi Andrew,

Thanks for your suggestion, and of course i have used it in the past to reach command prompt it did not strike me yesterday. I was under impression that it trying to get hold of Server01 AD server for authentication.

So, i beleieve in the absenece of main server01 it was using its own GC and filing to identify the reqeust. Please correct me if i am worng.

Thanks for pointing me.
Om JoshiSr. System Administrator

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Commented:
Thanks a tonn ....gr8 help in my further study.

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