troubleshooting Question

Lost Domain Administrator Password for Windows Small Business Server 2003

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Hi Experts,

This relates to a lost domain administrator password on Windows 2003 Small Business Server.

I went to audit a new clients site and was told that the previous IT bloke flipped out and no one had the server password. They weren't even written down anywhere. The server had been running for over 300 days without a reboot, and when I ran a software and hardware audit tool on the machine it crashed and had to be restarted...

The problem being, there was no password to log the server in and with many attempted guesses we cannot log back in. Part of my audit also noticed that there we no backups on the server...

I believe that none of the users have domain administrator rights, so I am unsure how to reset or delete the domain administrator password. I have found a few tools that reset the local admin password, but nothing for the domain admin password.

Does anyone have suggestions on how to get me back into the server as admin? Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.
Toni Uranjek

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