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Windows 2000 advanced server password

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I have a windows 2000 advanced server setup as a domain controller, and I forgot the administrators password.  The administrator account was the only account on there so I can't login to reset it.  Is there any software out there that I can use to reset it?
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Irwin W.There are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.
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Yes, go to www.ubcd4win.com and you can create a boot cd to reset the admin password.
DonNetwork Administrator
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this will take less time

http://home.eunet.no/pnordahl/ntpasswd/
Christopher BruderCybersecurity Engineer

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I tryed the NTPASSWD one and that didn't work, and I read a little more about it and they said its not made for resetting the administrator account of a domain controller, only local accounts.  Im going to try the Ultimate boot one now.
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Do I need the windows 2000 advanced server cd to make this boot cd or can I just use an xp cd?
DonNetwork Administrator
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you just need a i386 folder
It has been my experience with Windows computers that are members of a domain, it is necessary to "crack" the password as opposed to trying to reset it.  My suggestion would be to download the ophcrack live CD here and try it first.  http://downloads.sourceforge.net/ophcrack/ophcrack-xp-livecd-2.1.0.iso.  This is a completely automated process wherein you boot from the cd, it loads all the necessary drivers, scripts and apps to do a brute force crack of the existing LM Hashes.  It doesn't always work on every system however.  In that case you might consider building your own with the easy to follow instructions provided by the authors using the installable setup package located here.  http://downloads.sourceforge.net/ophcrack/ophcrack-win32-installer-3.1.0.exe.  Please advise how ot fares for you.

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if you have some other administrative accounts such as terminal services user (TSInternetUser) you can also login with that and then reset admin password...
Irwin W.There are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.
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You can use and XP boot CD.  Also try adding yourself to the domain admins groups.  This should also allow you to logon to the server's console with administrative privileges.

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There are allot of ways to do it, but most will be offline password resets.

My personal favorite is "Windows key"  from the Keepass suite (a suite of password reset tools). I have tried some of the above mentioned tools/methods, but I have found that it sometimes just wastes your time, others brake the user being reset and other bunch of funnies. I ussually use Keepass to fix what the other methods and applications broke or could not accomplish.
Keepass creates a Bootable cd, usb or floppy. that you can use to boot with, it will appear to start a windows installation and then come up with a prompt of what installation you want to edit, then it lists the users. You just select the user you want to reset and woolla the users password is set to blank.

This usually (same with all offline resets) resets the local computers users and not domain users. thus if you reset the administrator account on a computer running Active Directory you will then need to login with the local Administrators account (now reset to blank) to the local machine and reset the Domain Admin password from there or use the Active Directory Recovery Mode to reset domain administrator password.
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