server password changed after reboot


  • found the server off this morning when trying to log in says have incorrect password, i know it hasnt been changed now have to recover the password any ideas on how to do this without having to remove active directory server 2003 enterprise, all other accounts work fine but dont have admin rights.


    Thursday, July 04, 2013 3:44 AM


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  • Is this a domain controller and are you trying to log into it as the Local Administrator? If so, you can't. If it's a local account that is not allowing you log in, you could use a Domain Admin account, log in and change/unlock the local account on the computer. If this isn't feasible and you need to unlock the local account, you could use a tool called NTpasswd that you need to boot the computer into, and it 'rewrites' the local SAM with your new/cleared password. It can also enable/unlock local accounts too. However, this won't work on a DC and you should use with caution!
    • Edited by 'sm Thursday, July 04, 2013 4:02 AM Update
    Thursday, July 04, 2013 4:01 AM
  • Hello,

    what about the DSRM account, does it work? Anyway, WITHOUT guarantee and on your own risk use

    The official statement from Microsoft is you have to start new.

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    Microsoft MVP - Directory Services
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    Thursday, July 04, 2013 6:48 AM