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" Widows could not connect to the Group Policy Client service"

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SBS 2005 server was in use and user accounts were created on that Domain Server. There is another server added that is only a file server. The SBS Server died and served no purpose any longer, so I took it off line and every thing else was fine.

After a windows update automatically took place last night, one user is receiving error when trying to log into her PC  " Widows could not connect to the Group Policy Client service" Also, it turns out that the user name and password she was using was that of a former employee.

I found that I could go into the registry and correct the Group Policy problem  ( I think?). The problem is that I'd like to create her a specific account. I'd like to create an account for her, but since the Domains  server is gone, I'm wondering if I can do this so, she still has access to the file server. Can this be done with just a new local account?

Thanks in advance.
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J SSenior Systems Administrator
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So you decommissioned the only Domain controller? Are your workstations still joined to a domain? Are your users logging on with domain based credentials?

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Yes, decommissioned after a hardware failure.
Users are still using their domain accounts.
Shaun VermaakSenior Consultant
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so I took it off line and every thing else was fine.
Hmmm, no you do not have a domain anymore

. I'd like to create an account for her, but since the Domains  server is gone, I'm wondering if I can do this so, she still has access to the file server. Can this be done with just a new local account?
No, you cannot. The local account on file server can only be used on the file server
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Here is the issue, you removed the only DC in the domain so you no longer have a domain. As Shaun has mentioned you cannot use locally created accounts on workstations to provide access to file resources. The reason she continues to have access to the file server is she is using a locally cached domain logon which has permissions to the file server.   My initial thought is you need to either restore the domain controller (if you have backups) or deploy a new domain controller / domain.
Hi I think you should be able to accomplish this by creating the same account in both the client and server. Basically it works as a workgroup instead of domain.

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Thanks

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