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Thread: Can't Log Into My Server

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2003

    Can't Log Into My Server

    Would appreciate direction.

    While disabling some services, I apparently turned off something that allows me to log in as administrator. After I rebooted, it won't let me log in but the webserver and websites are running fine.

    I also tried to log in as the sql server admin and others with no progress.

    What should I do next? I have physical access to the server and all original installation discs.


  2. #2
    Senior Member
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    Jan 2003
    What OS are you running, Windows NT 4, NT5??
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  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Some suggestions:

    - Try safe mode / recovery mode or last known good boot
    - If you're unable to log on locally, maybe you can connect over the network. If you have terminal services (Win2k server), try that.
    - Alternatively try connecting with Windows File Sharing. If you can get in over that, establish a session as administrator (try net use q: \\machinename\c$ /user:administrator or something), then maybe you can use "Computer Management" (Win2k) or "Server Manager" (NT4) to remotely restart whatever services you've shut down accidentally.

    - If that fails, maybe you can log into SQL server as "sa" (Assuming you've got mixed-mode authentication on SQL 2000) and the using xp_cmdshell you can run "net start" to start the appropriate services?

    - If that fails too, but you still have some way of getting files in, you could write a CGI program, CGI script or ASP page (possibly?) which runs "net use", then connect to the IIS web server, login as administrator as a web login and run that script (which should then run as administrator, hence be able to start services)

    - If that fails too, things are getting a little tricky

    - I will come up with some more ideas if those all fail ...

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