How do I find what the password is for the SYSTEM account on an SBS 2003 box?

Posted on 2007-04-02
Last Modified: 2010-04-19
How do I find what the password is for the SYSTEM account on an SBS 2003 box? I want to use this account to run the NT Backups. Thanks.
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Expert Comment

ID: 18837706
You don't find the password - however you can still schedule ntbackup to run in scheduled tasks 'using' the System account (accomplishes the same purpose).

Author Comment

ID: 18837768
ok - when I tried to schedule a backup job to run using NTBackup, and I put DOMAINNAME\SYSTEM in the fields where it asks who's going to run this job, it asks me for a password, obviously, so I leave the password fields blank and the first time I click OK it tells me it can't find an account by that name so I try hitting ok again and it then simply tells me to make sure this user has the appropriate permissions to access the backup log files, which are under the administrator's documents and settings path on the server.

to me this seem to be a little hokie.. the way it's acting regarding letting me use the SYSTEM account to run a backup. What am I missing? Backing up data does not need to be this difficult in 2007. Thanks.
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Expert Comment

ID: 18837785
Take off the DOMAINNAME - just use SYSTEM
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ID: 18837797
...and leave password blank. :)

Author Comment

ID: 18837811
will do - thank you sir.
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ID: 18838113
Happy to help - thanx for the grade! :^)

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