Directory Service Recovery Mode - local admin password missing

Hi experts,

I inherited a domain controller for which a regular AD backup is being done. However, the DC's local admin password was not handed down.

It's a W2K3 DC.

Is there a way to set / check / go around ...?

I had been searching around and it seems rather hopeless. BTW it's the lone DC on the network. I don't want to face the day unprepared.

Many thanks

dtview
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Joseph NyaemaConnect With a Mentor IT ConsultantCommented:
To Reset the Directory Services Recovery mode password

start->run

ntdsutil

ntdsutil: set dsrm password
Reset DSRM Administrator Password: reset password on server server_name
Please type the password for DS Restore Mode Administrator account: password
Please confirm new password: password


where server_machine is the name/ip of your server
and password is the new password you want to set
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Michael PfisterConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Have you already tried setpwd? http://support.microsoft.com/kb/239803/en-us

Or this one? http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322672/en-us

Hope it helps,

Michael

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rindiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Have you tried it without a password? Often this password isn't defined during the installation and you can just press enter. Otherwise get a copy of the UBCD which includes an offline password resetter, maybe that also works for the recovery mode PW.

http://ultimatebootcd.com
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nttranbaoConnect With a Mentor Commented:
use hiren boot CD to crack that password
www.9down.com, search for the CD iso
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Tonie16Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi There,

Here's some info about Hiren's Boot CD, very useful - http://homepage.ntlworld.com/hiren.thanki/bootcd.html

Use this program on the CD, Active Password Changer 3.0. It clears the password.
Worked for me !!

Here's the link for the ISO - http://www.verzend.be/v/9557211/Hiren_s.Boot_CD_8.2.ISO.rar.html

Cheers,
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pjedmondConnect With a Mentor Commented:
http://www.petri.co.il/reset_domain_admin_password_in_windows_server_2003_ad.htm

Links at the bottom of the page to get around most other windows 2003 password recovery situations, *unless* you have an encrypted File System....then things become a little more interesting;)

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rindiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I'd be carefull about hiren's CD, some of the software titles on it are commercial products which normally you have to buy. That could mean it is pirated which wouldn't be in accordance to the rules on this site.

The software titles on the UBCD on the other hand are either all free, or at least shareware, so there you wouldn't be pirating...
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dtviewAuthor Commented:
Gee thanks, I will work them out in a lab environment first. Will revert.

dtview
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dtviewAuthor Commented:
Thanks to all who contributed and apologies for the dealy ... to be frank I have yet to find a chance to try them out in my lab. I'd love to assign more points to each one though it seems 500 points is the most I am allowed to offer in total.

mpfister and Nyaema - thanks for your solutions. Unfortunately I can't assign more than 1 accepted answer. It's good of mpfister to give the kb number.

I gave 20 points each for the rest, because I don't have that many points left to spare and as rindi said, anything close to pirating may not be desirable. Of course when desperate I wouldn't be that picky (knock wood)

dtview
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Joseph NyaemaIT ConsultantCommented:
Thank you too dtview. =)
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