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Forgot Password for Windows Server 2008 R2

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  • The person who set up the account on this Windows Server 2008 R2 is now incommunicado so I have no way of accessing it since I don't know the user+password. Please help

    Thank you

    Friday, August 10, 2012 5:17 PM

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  • Hi,

    Before going further, would you please let me know if the Windows Server 2008 R2 machines is a DC in the domain? If yes, do you have any other user who has administrator privileges? If so, you can use that user to reset the administrator’s password.

    If you have no other administrator account, there is no Microsoft recommended way to reset the administrative passwords. This is designed for improving security. Thanks for your understanding.

    For more information, please take a look at the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:

    Microsoft policy about lost or forgotten passwords

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/189126/en-us

    Regards,

    Andy

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012 7:15 AM

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  • a lot of free tools are available on the Internet to help you reset the Windows Password:

    Hope this help :)



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    • Proposed as answer by Jayawardhane Saturday, August 11, 2012 4:33 PM
    Friday, August 10, 2012 5:54 PM
  • try with hiren boot cd 10 or laterhttp://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd

    • Proposed as answer by Jayawardhane Saturday, August 11, 2012 4:33 PM
    Saturday, August 11, 2012 7:43 AM
  • You can use the DART tool from the MDOP and use the locksmith to reset the password.

    Check this similar thread which is already answered.


    Thanks
    • Proposed as answer by Jayawardhane Saturday, August 11, 2012 4:34 PM
    Saturday, August 11, 2012 8:27 AM
  • Hello,

    There is Live CDs which can be used for such recovery.

    Also, DART in MDOP is an efficient tool for such recovery operations also. It was already suggested by MYusuf.

    Is this server member of an AD domain? If yes, you can create a startup script which will reset the local Builtin Administrator password of this server without the need of the mentioned tools.


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    Sunday, August 12, 2012 2:10 PM
  • Hi Sassy

    please refer the following video. its worked couple of times for me.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar-VoO9ogHc

    cheers


    Asitha

    Monday, August 13, 2012 9:29 AM
  • Hi,

    Before going further, would you please let me know if the Windows Server 2008 R2 machines is a DC in the domain? If yes, do you have any other user who has administrator privileges? If so, you can use that user to reset the administrator’s password.

    If you have no other administrator account, there is no Microsoft recommended way to reset the administrative passwords. This is designed for improving security. Thanks for your understanding.

    For more information, please take a look at the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:

    Microsoft policy about lost or forgotten passwords

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/189126/en-us

    Regards,

    Andy

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012 7:15 AM
  • Hi,

         

    If you lost the password of administrator account, do you have any other user who has administrator privileges? If so, you can use that user to reset the administrator’s password.

    If you have no other administrator account, there is no Microsoft recommended way to reset the administrative passwords. This is designed for improving the OS security. You need to look for 3rd party apps and solutions. Thanks for your understanding.

    Mahmoud has a trick by renaming Utilman.exe to Utilman.exe.bak. Have a look.

    Reset your Windows Sever 2008 / R2 Domain Controller administrator password

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/meacoex/archive/2011/08/15/reset-your-windows-sever-2008-r2-domain-controller-administrator-password.aspx

    Microsoft policy about lost or forgotten passwords
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/189126/en-us

    Similar Discussion:
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winservergen/thread/7d635686-569f-4927-a1e4-285caf2e2056

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/winserverDS/thread/4907f098-cf12-4d83-9d20-5885bfb966b2


    Regards,
    Rafic

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    Tuesday, August 14, 2012 7:58 AM
  • Method 1: Reset Windows Server 2008 password with just the Windows Installation Disk.

    * Insert the original Windows Server 2008 installation DVD

    * Reset the computer, boot from DVD

    * Choose option "Repair your computer"

    * Start command prompt

    * C:\

    * CD C:\Windows\System32

    * MOVE Utilman.exe Utilman.exe.bak

    * COPY Cmd.exe Utilman.exe

    * You may also need to "Enable" the administrator account which can be done by using "NET USER administrator /active:yes"

    * Restart windows

    * At the login screen, type Windows-U, this fires up cmd.exe now

    * NET USER administrator Presto! Login as administrator!

    * Now repair computer again and move the original Utilman.exe back

    Method 2: Third party windows password recovery toolkits

    Step1. Download Windows Password Recovery Tool and install in any available computer.

    Step2. Create a bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive. (A blank CD/DVD/USB Flash Drive is needed).

    Step3. BIOS set. Boot computer from the created CD/DVD/USB Flash Drive and set BIOS setup.

    Step4. Reset Windows Server 2008 R2 password to Re123456.

    Friday, August 17, 2012 3:36 AM
  • I just used this method and it works like a charm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar-VoO9ogHc

    check the above video for a step by step video tutorial

    Tuesday, September 18, 2012 11:57 AM
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