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Resetting a Lost Password on a Mac OS X server

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I have just transferred into a middle school that is predominately PC, but has its share of Macs.  One of the Macs I inherited is a G5 Mac OS X server.  Unfortunately,  no one knows what it has been used for (filesharing, Mac Manager, etc.) and no one knows the login/password.  I know for the PC,  there is a software program called Passware Kit that contains a utility to reset the admin password (http://www.lostpassword.com) for 2000 and XP machines.  Does anyone know of a program that can reset the admin password for this Mac OS X server?? Or is it possible to convert this server into a "regular" client machine by installing Panther??
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by:jschreiber69
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I forgot to mention that as of right now, I do not have the server install disc.  I do have a "regular" Panther CD, as well as "Jaguar" .  Thanks Again....
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brettmjohnson earned 2000 total points
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To reset the Administrator password on OS X:
http://www.answers.vt.edu/ask4help/desktop/vtkb2224.htm

You can also reset the root password from single user mode:
http://www2.unplannedthought.com:8080/archives/2003/11/22/recovering_mac_os_x_password.php

The only real difference between "regular" and "server" versions of Mac OS X
are the presence of several additional services and GUI admin tools to support them.
You can turn a Mac OS X server machine into a "regular" OS X installation simply
by launching the Server Admin tool, and turning off undesired services.  You can
also determine what the server was used for, by looking at which services are
enabled and what their configuration is.  If it is a G5, it already has Panther installed,
since G5s are not supported be previous versions of the OS.

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by:brettmjohnson
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> I forgot to mention that as of right now, I do not have the server install disc.  
> I do have a "regular" Panther CD, as well as "Jaguar".

You should be able to boot off the Panther CD to reset the password on OS X Server,
(although I haven't tried it).

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by:jschreiber69
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Brett,

Thanks for the info.  I'll try your suggestions and reward the points soon.  Thanks.
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