“The local security authority cannot be contacted” – Remote Desktop

Recently I had to restore a number of virtual machine servers from a previous snapshot. Unfortunately, the domain controller snapshot was taken at a different time to the other machines.

All seemed well as I logged on to each machine remotely with the domain administrator account. That was until one of them returned with the following error:

An authentication error has occurred.
The Local Security Authority cannot be contacted.

This could be due to an expired password.
Please update your password if it has expired.
For assistance, contact your administrator or technical support.

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