Windows 2003 Server Admin Password Recovery?
Posted on 2006-11-28
I find myself in the unenviable situation of trying to figure out and take control over a multi-server, brand new Windows 2003 server network that has lost its original administrator – and with it every administrative password to the kingdom. There is no one else who can do more than show me the actual servers and the former admin’s office, which looks like a tornado went through it and provides sparse clues. Nothing was documented, no CDs can be found, and there don’t appear to be any other accounts with admin rights, either.
Before I throw in the towel and resign myself to rebuilding the whole thing from scratch, does anyone here have ANY suggestions of how I might wrestle the admin account password from these servers? Though other posts of this nature here looked promising, links went nowhere or they addressed earlier OSs and so did not help.
Many thanks for any input you can provide.