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Server 2008 Administrator Password Recovery

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  • A company had to remote connect into a Windows Server 2008 machine that I manage, and they changed the administrator password by accident.  I need to recover this password if at all possible, so I won't lose the encrypted files stored on the machine.  How can I do this?

    If it is not able to be recovered, how can I change it?  I tried ERD commander 2005, but it is too old to detect the OS.  I would really rather not have to reformat the entire RAID array and start over, so any help would be greatly appreciated.

    I am looking to do this using either built-in tools or free utilities. 

    I am locked out of the server entirely and need to regain access.
    Friday, October 24, 2008 6:02 PM

Answers

  • If the server is a member of the domain just open computer management (start > compmgmt.msc).  Right click the top of the tree and select connect to remote computer.  Enter the name of the other server then navigate down to Local Users and groups, users, and right click on the administrator account and select reset password.

    If it isn't a member of the domain you'll need to reset it via a third party tool as you described.  I use Hiren's Boot cd which has several password resetting tools.
    Friday, October 24, 2008 10:23 PM

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  • If the server is a member of the domain just open computer management (start > compmgmt.msc).  Right click the top of the tree and select connect to remote computer.  Enter the name of the other server then navigate down to Local Users and groups, users, and right click on the administrator account and select reset password.

    If it isn't a member of the domain you'll need to reset it via a third party tool as you described.  I use Hiren's Boot cd which has several password resetting tools.
    Friday, October 24, 2008 10:23 PM
  • In Windows server 2008, we can create a free password reset disk as that in Windows 7/Vista/XP.

    If you didn't create it, you can use a WIndows server 2008 installation disk to reset the password, you can search on google, there are many informations.


    Windows 7 Password Recovery - Recover All Versions of Windows 7 Password without Losing Data. Windows Password Recovery - Recover Any Lost Windows Password.

    Thursday, September 20, 2012 3:00 PM