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On my main 2008 R2 domain controller:

When I boot, the screen goes black (monitor light goes amber)

RDP logon to the server says "An attempt was made to logon, but the network logon service was not started"

Trying to logon to the local admin account on the domain controller via RDP gives the same problem.

It's a really big mess..

EDIT: After playing around with some remote management tools, it seems neither netlogon nor RPC server are running.. tried starting them but they won't start..

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Domain Controllers don't have local user accounts. –  joeqwerty May 11 '12 at 14:41
    
@joeqwerty Splitting hairs, but Directory Services Restore Mode does auth Administrator logon against the local SAM database, not DS. –  jscott May 11 '12 at 14:58
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@joeqwerty Yes it is –  David May 11 '12 at 15:25
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@joeqwerty 2008 Allows for Remote DSRM –  jscott May 11 '12 at 15:40
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Not to belabor this point, but why would you want to run DSRM for this problem? Regarding your edit, can you remotely access the Event Logs? I'm guessing not but if you can that may give you some clues? –  joeqwerty May 11 '12 at 15:58
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On my main 2008 R2 domain controller:

Luckily for you, there's no such thing as a main domain controller. They're all peers, and some just hold more roles than others.

It sounds like your server has some serious issues and you haven't provided any meaningful details for us to help resolve them, so I'll recommend this: Remove all FSMO roles from this DC. Demote it (or do a metadata cleanup if you can't demote it) so that it's no longer a Domain Controller. Reinstall it and dcpromo it again.

It's better to just rebuild a wonky DC than to mess with it, considering how modular they are.

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Lol I nuked the server over 2 months ago. –  David Jul 31 '12 at 15:20
    
Welp, sounds like we came to the same conclusion :) If you solve your own problem, it's encouraged that you post it as an answer to your own question. Once a question has an "accepted" answer, (i.e. you click the green check mark next to one) it won't get bumped to the front page periodically. –  MDMarra Jul 31 '12 at 15:22
    
Didn't know about the bumping - I spend most of my time on stackoverflow so I do not check this place much. –  David Jul 31 '12 at 15:23
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up vote 0 down vote accepted

Ended up just nuking the server

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