Solved

How to change the local administrator password in SBS 2003

Posted on 2006-07-05
7
258 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-04
When I try to logon to my SBS 2003 server, the only option in the domain list is our network domain...it doesn't appear that I can just logon to the local machine.  How can I logon locally?  Thanks.
0
Comment
Question by:smalleysmalley
  • 4
  • 3
7 Comments
 
LVL 83

Expert Comment

by:oBdA
ID: 17050850
You can't. The domain *is* the local logon of a domain controller.
0
 

Author Comment

by:smalleysmalley
ID: 17050935
I am trying to run a job that needs local Administrator rights.  It has the domain Admin rights, but it still won't connect.  I'm using the Administrator of the domain as my user ID.
0
 
LVL 83

Expert Comment

by:oBdA
ID: 17051948
The domain admins group has local adminstrator permissions. What exactly is failing and/or required?
0
Enterprise Mobility and BYOD For Dummies

Like “For Dummies” books, you can read this in whatever order you choose and learn about mobility and BYOD; and how to put a competitive mobile infrastructure in place. Developed for SMBs and large enterprises alike, you will find helpful use cases, planning, and implementation.

 

Author Comment

by:smalleysmalley
ID: 17052018
I'm trying to connect Backup Exec to my Exchange server to restore a file.  It keeps telling me access denied.  Their help site says to make sure the account has local Admin rights.  How come I can't logon to the actual server...just the domain?  Is that new is 2003?
0
 
LVL 83

Expert Comment

by:oBdA
ID: 17052080
That has been the case since NT domains. The domain controller's user database is the domain's user database, so there's no "local" logon possible.
Have you ever tried to read/write manually to the folder you're trying to restore the file to, just to check if the account you're using actually has the necessary permissions?
0
 

Author Comment

by:smalleysmalley
ID: 17193238
I was able to get my file from a different location.  However, I am curious...  I have always thought you needed to have the local Admin password in case the domain goes down?  For example, my domain is called DOMAIN and my actual computer name is SERVER1.  Are you telling me that I can not logon to SERVER1?  I know with NT 4.0 I could...?  Thanks.
0
 
LVL 83

Accepted Solution

by:
oBdA earned 125 total points
ID: 17193384
No, there was no local logon on an NT4 domain controller either. You can logon locally on member servers, but not on domain controllers.
With AD DCs, there is sort of a local logon when you hit F8 during boot and boot into Directory Services Restore Mode; the AD services will not be started in this mode. You specify the password for this mode during dcpromo; if you want to change it, check here:
How To Reset the Directory Services Restore Mode Administrator Account Password in Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=322672
0

Featured Post

Save on storage to protect fatherhood memories

You're the dad who has everything. This Father's Day, make sure your family memories are protected. My Passport Ultra has automatic backup and password protection to keep your cherished photos and videos safe. With up to 3TB, you have plenty of room to hold the adventures ahead.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

The term "Bad USB" is a buzz word that is usually used when talking about attacks on computer systems that involve USB devices. In this article, I will show what possibilities modern windows systems (win8.x and win10) offer to fight these attacks wi…
Users of Windows 10 Professional can disable automatic reboots using the policy editor. This tool is not included in the Windows home edition. But don't worry! Follow the instructions below to install (a Win7) policy editor on your Windows 10 Home e…
Along with being a a promotional video for my three-day Annielytics Dashboard Seminor, this Micro Tutorial is an intro to Google Analytics API data.
As a trusted technology advisor to your customers you are likely getting the daily question of, ‘should I put this in the cloud?’ As customer demands for cloud services increases, companies will see a shift from traditional buying patterns to new…

920 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

15 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now