Total locked out

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
March 23, 2010 at 21:24:36
Specs: Windows XP

I'm currently facing a baffling situation with one of a workstation in my organization. It was working fine one day and the next it just won't allow anyone to log in.

My organization is running a network with a domain on a windows 2003 server and the workstation with the problem is on Windows XP with service pack 3.

The problem here is that when I look into the server's Active Directory, the workstation name is not listed.

One might think that this is just a network issue but here's the catch....

I (as the network administrator) can't even log in into the workstation as a local admin. Not even in any "Safe Mode" options. Although re-formatting is at the top of my troubleshooting list now, I'm stuck with the fact that there are alot of vital documents in that workstation.

Any help here is highly appreciated.


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March 24, 2010 at 07:35:54
Remove the HD, connect it to another PC, with a USB external enclosure & boot the PC. Windows should give it a drive letter & you should be able to copy the documents before you format.

If that doesn't work for some reason, burn backtrack 3 final.iso to a CD & boot with that. It should get ab IP from the DHCP server. If it doesn't run ifconfig -a The NIC will probably be eth0 or eth1. Run dhclient eth0 or whatever it is. The windows drive should be listed as /dev/sdb1. You should be able to FTP the files to your server. Of course, FTPD has to be running.

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