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I removed AD by cmd using dcpromo and now when trying to access and login after a reboot with the Administrator account I can't. Do I need to reset the password from a boot disk?

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SBS 2003 cannot be demoted in the traditional sense. You can run dcpromo but you have in essence bricked the server (past a 7 day grace period that existed in SBS 2003 to allow for data transfer, I believe). SBS will eventually notice that it is not in a healthy, supported state and will automatically shut itself down repeatedly. You cannot log into it. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.

If you want a member server, you will need to install a standard, non-SBS edition of Windows.

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So I can't create or edit an account? I have to reinstall the OS with a different version? – Tiffany Walker Nov 6 '12 at 7:11
@TiffanyWalker Correct. Correct. (Or restore from a backup if you have one and absolutely must go back to a pre-destruction state) – Wesley Nov 6 '12 at 7:14
Did not know that... ;/ I just needed it to run on a WORKGROUP so the other systems could access it. I'll just use Ent. version I have laying around instead. – Tiffany Walker Nov 6 '12 at 7:20
SBS is a totally useless, ill designed piece of crap. Just install Standard server, and forget SBS ever existed. – Tom O'Connor Nov 6 '12 at 13:23

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