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AD administrator password

Posted on 2006-06-29
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during a time when server console, somebody has changed the password on a DC.  I don't know the new one and need to force a reset.  This is the only domain admin user.  Does anybody have any ideas?
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by:Jay_Jay70
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by:Sembee
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Do you have another account with domain admin rights?
If so, simply use that account to reset the password.

Simon.
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by:Netman66
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Find the user that changed it, slap him around a bit, then ask him for it.

This isn't going to be simple with AD.

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by:Sembee
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I like Netman66's approach.

Much easier.

Simon.
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by:Jay_Jay70
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got my vote

James
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy earned 250 total points
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After slapping the guy around, and him still not being able to tell you the password, make him work on a Mac for a few days with instructions to change all of the properties of particular files by right clicking on the folders.

Then, go to http://homepage.ntlworld.com/hiren.thanki/bootcd.html and download this rather useful hacking tool to boot off of and change the Administrator's password by using Active Password Changer.

shhh... you didn't hear this from me... but you'll be all fixed in about 10 minutes.

Jeff
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by:Jay_Jay70
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I particularly enjoy the part about the MAC torture myself......other than that, i hear a trout to the head can often get your point accross......
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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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A trout?  too small.  a Salmon would be a bit more to the point.
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by:Jay_Jay70
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Hmm, if you belt with a Salmon, you may be up for assault charges......lol I once found fish on Manly beach in Sydney, and slapped my mate right in the face with it. lol, best thing is, i wouldn't hesitate to do it again
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by:Netman66
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I'm not sure a hack tool is going to do this.  We are talking about an Admin account that is now in AD not the local SAM.

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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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I realize that... I've used it on an SBS before... it works.

Jeff
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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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I've also used www.UBCD4WIN.com's version of BARTs PE, with PasswordPro and that works as well.

Jeff
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by:Netman66
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That's interesting.  I'm going to have to try them.

I wasn't aware these tools would affect the AD account since AD isn't loaded during their use, so I never tried.

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by:shageman
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Any ideas on how to do it remotely with only user domain credentials?  everything above indicates a boot cd is needed.
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by:Netman66
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Does the server have an iLO or RiLOE?

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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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Netman66, it works on the builtin Administrator account which is not just in AD.  When you boot windows normally on a DC, you wouldn't have access to local accounts of course, but the builtin Administrator account is one in the same.

shageman... how are you able to access this DC remotely with a non-administrator account?  Sounds fishy to me.

Jeff
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