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Windows Server 2008, cannot login in safe mode, no logon servers

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#1 eljainc


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Posted 05 May 2016 - 04:43 AM


I have a Windows Server 2008 R2 system (service pack 1) which is giving me a heck of a time. After setting the system into safe boot (minimal services), I cannot login.

There was only one account: Administrator

The password does not work the same way as it did on the normal mode. It will show "Bad username or password".  

It also will show:

There are currently no logon servers are available to service the logon request


I want to be able to get my normal bootup restored and regain access to the server logon.

I have tried pressing F8 (actually space bar)  and when I select boot normally it still goes into

Safe Boot mode.  


I have tried a rescue disk (Lazesoft Recovery) to get to a cmd prompt, but cannot run msconfig

as it tells me that msconfig must be run in administrator mode and it is not registered as a service.




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Posted 05 May 2016 - 03:59 PM

Was it a domain controller? If so the "Administrator" password that you are looking for might be the "DS Restore" password.


If t was a member server of a domain try servername\Administrator as the username.



#3 Sneakycyber


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Posted 05 May 2016 - 07:58 PM

If you booted the server in "Safe mode" the Active Directory Service is not running. Or if you booted in Safemode DSR restore mode (AKA Active Directory Services Restore Mode) You have to logon using local administrator username and password (Servername\Administrator) that was created before it was promoted to a domain controller. You could try "domain.local\administrator" replace domain with your domain name, you may get lucky. If you do not have the local administrator password your out of luck. We can't help you bypass the password, It is against forum Rules. 

Edited by Sneakycyber, 05 May 2016 - 07:59 PM.

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#4 sflatechguy


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Posted 08 May 2016 - 10:04 AM

Another local logon option is .\administrator.

In terms of getting out of safe mode, open a command line prompt and enter

bcdedit /deletevalue safeboot


Or open msconfig and set it back to boot normally.

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