Resetting the Windows Server 2003 administrator password



    A recent review of servers at my work revealed a number of servers that we don't know the admin passwords

    for.  We do have other admin logins that can continue to log in to the box, but I would like to get these "lost"

    passwords rewritten/found/changed so the 'administrator' login will function as it should.  This leads me

    to a basic question:

    1) Since I have another admin login/pswd pair, I can change the administrator password easily. The

    question is - does changing the administrator password effect all the "services" that are on the server

    using the 'system account' to run properly?  I am not certain if the 'administrator' account is the same

    as the 'system account' that the vast majority of the services use.

    Thanks for the help.  J. Nelson

    Monday, May 14, 2012 6:30 PM


All replies

  • No, it has no effect on the system account.





    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows]

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    Monday, May 14, 2012 6:33 PM
  • Yes, I agree with Dave. It should not have any effect on the system account.

    Check if you have any custom application running using administrator account using below script.

    Set objService = GetObject("winmgmts:")
    Set objCol = objService.ExecQuery("SELECT * FROM Win32_Service")
     For Each obj In objCol
           S = S & obj.DisplayName & " ( " & obj.StartName & " )" & vbCrLf
    WScript.Echo S


    Monday, May 14, 2012 7:08 PM