Forgotten Windows Server 2003 Standard administrator password

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by JerryCic, Jan 17, 2007.

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    Forgotten Windows Server 2003 Standard administrator password.

    I have a clien that has a small setup. One server (win2003 std) and 5
    workstations. They lost their administrator password. We have all the
    original cd's and cd-keys. We cant log into the console at all the only other
    login is for a user called 'User'. and evidently it can only log on remotely.

    I dont want to resort to 3rd party sometimes suspect approaches to the
    problem. I assume that microsoft must have a reputable procedure for fixing
    the problem.

    I prefere to discover the password than to reset it, but resetting it is
    certainly ok. Its just that the backup system uses the administrator
    credentials to execute, and there are probably a few other places as well.

    Any clues as how to proceed?

    Thank You

    Jerry Cicierega
    JerryCic, Jan 17, 2007
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  2. No, Microsoft do not have a "reputable procedure" for resetting
    passwords, and if they did they would never reveal it because it
    would be a public admission that they can crack any system they

    If you want to play it safe then you can do this:
    1. Boot the server with a Bart PE boot CD, then save the
    SAM file to a safe location.
    2. Boot the machine with a Nordahl boot disk and reset the
    password to a blank.
    3. If Step 2 thrashes the system, restore the SAM.

    When finished, educate the client. Ask him how many sets of
    keys he has for his car, and why it is more than one. Now ask
    him why he has only one administrator account for his server.
    It's a no-brainer . . .
    Pegasus \(MVP\), Jan 17, 2007
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