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Help to View server 2003 password

I recently took a new job and have like 4 2003 windows servers not in a domain... on one of them needs to be restarted... and i am afraid i dont have the admin password.... infact no one has the password here.... so my question is how do i recover the password with windows and not have to do a password recovery ??  I relize i can just change the password but they don't want me to do that...   so any help would be greatly appreciated.... thanks in advance.....
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KCTSCommented:
You can try some of the solutions at http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_administrator_password.htm
As its not a domain you may be lucky.
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Farhan KaziSystems EngineerCommented:
http://www.loginrecovery.com/

Login Recovery is a service to reveal user names and recover passwords for Windows NT, 2000, XP, 2003

To reset password:
http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_administrator_password.htm
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KCTSCommented:
Sorry I'm a bit confused
>> I relize i can just change the password <<
if you are logged on then do this - its the safest option.
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weareitCommented:
KCTS, I understand how that can be perceived but in the Author's defense, there may be applications or services that have the original Administrative password hardcoded in them (personally I have always felt this to be the most problematic approach and never recommend doing it).  Since he is wondering into unknown territory I applaud his cautionary stance.  But also recommend that you get very familiar with the system and start making some very much needed changes.

-saige-
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KCTSCommented:
I see where you are coming from weareit.
If services and or scheduled tasks are set to use the administrator credentials then changing the password may indeed cause issues. I agree that some familiarisation is required and new accounts are created specially for these tasks and the credentials migrated over in line with best practice.
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vtobusmanAuthor Commented:
 Well Not just services but the other servers are the same way and they also have remote offices that access shares on these servers and i would hate to go around and change passwords on all of them.... i was just hoping there would be a way to view the password in the registry or something.....
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KCTSCommented:
Passwords are not actually stored - it just the hash values so recovery is difficult.
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vtobusmanAuthor Commented:
in the future my goal will be to move everything to a domain....   but right now they have scripts on their main frame that transfers files to these servers and they dont want to have to change the passwords on their mainframe if they dont have to...
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ajcaruso00Commented:
I will assume you are logged into the machine?  Get the sam and load it into a tool like Cain & Able on your laptop/workstation.  If the password isn't terribly complicated, it can be cracked in a day or two.  Good Luck. -T
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Farhan KaziSystems EngineerCommented:
Try "Network Password Recovery" this may work for you...
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_password_recovery.html
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Farhan KaziSystems EngineerCommented:
vtobusman:
Do you have a VPN connection with any Remote office? Do you see any connection shortcut with password save in Network Connections?
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vtobusmanAuthor Commented:
 They all have the passwords saved... its crazy here....
        um yes i am currently logged onto the machine  and where is the Sam at?
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Farhan KaziSystems EngineerCommented:
Then Try "Dialup/RAS/VPN Password Recovery"

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dialupass2.html
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ajcaruso00Commented:
the sam is in c:\windows\system32\config, a backup is in c:\windows\repair\
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