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User accounts are unexpectedly locked, and event ID 12294 is logged in Windows Server 2003

Support for Windows Server 2003 ended on July 14, 2015

Microsoft ended support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

Users on your network may unexpectedly have their user accounts locked. This behavior occurs even though users have not previously tried to log on and have not typed any incorrect user names or passwords. When this behavior occurs, the following event is recorded in the event log on Microsoft Windows Server 2003-based computers:

Event Type: Error
Event Source: SAM
Event Category: None
Event ID: 12294
Description: The SAM database was unable to lockout the account of due to a resource error, such as a hard disk write failure (the specific error code is in the error data) . Accounts are locked after a certain number of bad passwords are provided so please consider resetting the password of the account mentioned above.

This issue may occur when a computer on your network is infected with the W32.Randex.F worm or with a variant of it.
To resolve this issue, run a complete virus scan on your network using the latest available virus definitions. Use the scan to remove the W32.Randex.F worm. For information about how to perform a virus scan or how to obtain the latest virus definitions, see your antivirus software documentation, or contact the manufacturer.

For additional information about how to contact the manufacturer of your antivirus program, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
49500 List of antivirus software vendors
For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
129972 Computer viruses: description, prevention, and recovery

Article ID: 887433 - Last Review: 10/30/2006 21:27:00 - Revision: 1.3

Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86), Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)

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