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Hi there, well I have a problem, I have taken over the IT for a company and their Windows 2003 Server Administrator password has gone astray and they cannot (or had a falling out) from their old IT person.  Is there a way to either Reset a 2003 server password?  It is a SCSI raid system as well.  I tried the usual the windows 2000/xp password reset program written in Linux.  It found it, let me change it, but when I rebooted the server, it recreated it Active Directories (resetting the password back to what it was I think).  Anyone else had any success doing this with Windows 2003 server?
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by:Rich Rumble
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http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/ please read all documentation for the bootable CD or Floppy.
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by:Rich Rumble
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Sorry, you have that already. The reset should work, I've noticed that when you go to save changes, they aren't always saved. I've never seen the reset utility add anything... let alone an active directory tree. The local password for the PC is all it should reset, SID 500.
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try this method
A. netuser (username) (password)
This should reset the administrator password.
B. take the sam file to a disk and lopht crack it
C warm reinstall windows ( the guaranteed way )
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by:jarjarbinx1979
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Hi kesea

I have never had this problem but a friend had a similiar problem - on the following link are tools and instructions on how to rest the password.

http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_administrator_password.htm

Hope this helps

JJB
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If all else fails, have a read of this:

http://www.getfreeforum.com/forums/index.php?mforum=UberMedia&act=Attach&type=post&id=1300

My tut on getting local admin access :) on XP - most of it should be relevant due to the nature of Windows Server 2003.

P.S., make sure you're putting the * in when you reset the password - if you forget, it wont work.  If you try and change the password using the reset ulility it may not work - I havn't been able to get it to change a password, just blank it.

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by:Ali_Jas
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If you can reset it initially, or you have another user with somewhat lifted rights, I suggest to try to download the SAM database, and let a password guesser do the job.
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by:Cyber-Dude
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There are a few good links above you can use; (i.e. jarjarbinx1979, Edit-HTS and others here) but, remember that when changing the Admin's password, you may have problems in other things such as backup issues when they do require administrative access within the software and forth.

If there is a way to avoid reseting the Administrator's password it is best for you to do (i.e. Brute Force Administrator's password recovery) nd fotrth.

Cyber
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by:kesea
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HappyDog, could you please define a warm reinstall of windows 2003 server?  By this do you mean doing a repair?  
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by:kesea
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Ok so what I did was I used your advice, got pwdump2 dumped the sam file, and then imported it into LC5 and cracked it.  Total time 4 hours.  Thanks all.

Kes.
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