It appears to me that the Windows XP Pro clients all created local domain accounts as a result of once logging into a Windows 2000 server.
I have a temporary Windowx XP Pro server I want to use as a file server.
The problems are:
Problem 1: I disconnected two users from the domain since the domain server was down. the problem is I lost their user accounts. Because the machines had a local domain account built because it was once connected to a domain I can't seem to get that user account back. I tried to make it reconnect to the local domain but it seems to want to find a domain controller (which no longer exists) in order to do this. is it possible just to tell the machine to join a local domain (that PC only) to get my user account back? Any ideas?
Problem 2: My temporary server (Windows XP Pro machine) also has a local domain account. None of my other computers can connect to it to share files. I think it's because I don't have a domain controller and the XP pro machine wants to validate user accounts connecting to it which don't exist.
It seems my best solution is to have everyone leave the domain and just be a workgroup for now, but I don't want to lose my other logins as happened in Problem 1.
I hope all of this makes sense.