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    I am the network administrator here at my schools EAST Lab. I tried logging on the server today to find out the administrator account somehow got disabled.. I am not sure if it was a student that managed to get in the office and do it, or if it is some fluke thing, but it will not let me log on. I tried logging in as any of the administrators personal accounts, but they are not able to log in either. If you have any information on how to reenable the administrator account so I can access the server it would be VERY much appreciated.

    Server OS:
    Windows Server Pro 2003

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    Re: Server admin account disabled-cannot log in!

    ... how 'bout some more info? Are you in an AD environment? What is your topology?

    Have a look
    here http://forums.petri.com/announcement.php?f=27
    here http://forums.petri.com/showthread.php?t=2438
    and here http://forums.petri.com/forumdisplay.php?f=27
    Regards,
    Jeremy

    Network Consultant/Engineer
    Baltimore - Washington area and beyond
    www.gma-cpa.com

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    • #3
      Re: Server admin account disabled-cannot log in!

      Once you get this resolved, I suggest you make an Alternate Admin account so you have a back door for just such a situation.

      Also, it this applies to your situation, change the name of Administrator to something else. Many viruses try to break in through the standard named accounts. Maybe one of the machines on your network is infected?
      Cheers,

      Rick

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      • #4
        Re: Server admin account disabled-cannot log in!

        logon remotely? or else, try to log in via remote desktop

        Is it a memberserver or a DC?

        Can you give the exact and full text of the 'cannot log in message'.

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        • #5
          Re: Server admin account disabled-cannot log in!

          Sounds to me like other accounts have Admin rights - otherwise how could the "Administrator" account be disabled?

          Log in with one of those...


          Tom
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          • #6
            Re: Server admin account disabled-cannot log in!

            So is the account "locked out" or "disabled" or is the original poster able to tell?
            Cheers,

            Rick

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            • #7
              Re: Server admin account disabled-cannot log in!

              Need more info. Can you log on with a standard user account? Can any admins log on?

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