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Windows will not boot and I don't have Admin password to Repair

Posted on 2006-06-14
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I'm new at my job and I was left a server that won't boot and no documentation regarding passwords.  The machine will show the Windows Server 2003 splashscreen, flash blue, then restart.  I used a Windows Server 2003 CD to boot it, but it requries an admin password to repair the installation.  To further complicate matters, it has a raid configuration so some of the live boot linux CD's won't work either.

Any Suggestions?
Thanks,
Conkshell
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elbereth21 earned 125 total points
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Hi Conkshell,
here you will find some useful walkthroughs to regain control of your "lost" machine:
if it is a  Domain Controller --> http://www.nobodix.org/seb/win2003_adminpass.html
General info: http://www.jms1.net/nt-unlock.shtml
After you get back in control, we'll see what the problem is.

Elbereth.
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Elbereth - Thank you for your response.  

In the mean time, I went back to basics with the Windows Installation CD.  The first time I tried to use it, I selected "R" for repair right off the bat.  This required a computer administrator password, which of course, nobody had.

The second time, I went to install windows, it detected a previous operating system and asked if I wanted it repaired (which I did).  Once that was done, I successfully booted the computer and now I can get in because it was registered in the domain I work in.

Thank you for your prompt response.  I'll send the points your way.
Conkshell
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