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Workgroup to Domain back to Workgroup

By Thomas ORourke ·
I have a NT 4.0 sp3 workstation that I had set up for workgroups. Somehow, someone got access to the administrator password and changed to be part of a domain. Now, I cannot switch it back to the workgroup. It seems my only option is to reinstallNT 4.0. This particular station has our accountant's quickbooks installed on it. If I reinstall NT, will it delete all of her quickbook programs and necessary files?

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by wukoki In reply to Workgroup to Domain back ...

In short, yes, but perhaps you don't need to reinstall. Try deleting the TCP/IP protocols (after taking note of the settings) in network neighborhood properties. Reboot, and then re-add the protocols. That ought to reset the computer to the default Workgroup and fix possible binding issues.

Oh, and change that admin password!

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by wukoki In reply to Workgroup to Domain back ...

I should add that a reinstallation need not delete quickbooks data. You will, however, need to reinstall the program and tell it where the data is, and you will need to reset any features or options the user personalized. Be sure to back up the data files before resinstalling, if you choose (or need) to go this route. Preferrably burn a CD or use tape back up. Failing that, at least put the data on a different hard disk. If the data file(s) aren't too huge, you might even e-mail them to yourself; they'll be safe on waiting for you to access your account.

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by Thomas ORourke In reply to Workgroup to Domain back ...

Thank you for your help! That seemed to to do the trick. Also, I did end up having to reinstall Quickbooks from her backup. When she opened the program, all of her data was missing, but was easily restored from her backup.
Again, thank you for your help!

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by TheTechGuy In reply to Workgroup to Domain back ...

Dear Colleague:

Assuming your domain name is DOMAIN and your workgroup name is WORKGROUP. From the Network Properties, General tab, I believe all you have to is to click on the Change button. If a direct change from DOMAIN to WORKGROUP doesn't work, try changing from DOMAIN (as Domain) to DOMAIN (as Workgroup), then after rebooting change it to the appropriate WORKGROUP.

You didn't specify exactly what you mean by "I cannot switch it back to the workgroup" My best guess would be the suggestion about. You didn't provide much information as to what you have attempted in correcting this issue. You probably should elaborate on that for future issues so that people won't advise you on something you already did.

Another thing, if that workstation is your accountant's computer, why don't you have a recent backup?

Also, how many people in your shop has access to the Administrator's account? Or was it an account with administrative rights? You should discover the person responsible and reprimand the person.

As an aside, why is your NT4 Workstatino on SP3 only? The latest is SP6A, you should check Microsoft's website about service packs, etc. The main concern is stability and security of your computers (and network).

Best Wishes,

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by Curious_George In reply to Workgroup to Domain back ...

While you did not state it, you imply that you now do not have the password for the built-in admin account, or you wouldn't be in this situation....

So, use the following utility to change the account password to something that you know, and thenlogon and make the change back to a workgroup.

Also, backup critical data.....

http://www.dmzs.com/ftproot/security/password/NTRecovery-DMZS.iso

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