Re-installing Windows Server 2003

We can't retrieve our password and we've tried orphchracking and still couldn't get the password.  So I'm re-installing the O/S and so my question: Is re-installing require me to reconfigure the DNS,groups,users,and policy?  Any suggestions before re-installing would be great.  Thanks....
scatcomAsked:
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Jay_Jay70Connect With a Mentor Commented:
the answer in short is yes, if you reinstall windows you will need to start from scratch....

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

lets start there and see how we go
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dooleydogConnect With a Mentor Commented:
If this is your only DC, you may need to do all of that.

If you have several DCs you may still need to, since you do not have the administrator password, and just re-installing one will not solve your problem.

This is not going to be easy... But, you might try to migrate the users to a "new" domain and save something.

Good Luck,
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scatcomAuthor Commented:
The only reason why I'm doing this is because of the password.  We cannot logon at all to really anything but a restart and re-install.  So if there is another way around than just re-installing suggestions would be great.
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