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How do I reset the local admin password on server 2003 Domain controller

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I am needing to repair a 2003 server running as a DC, I do not have the local admin password, but I do have the Domain Admin password, any help would be greatly appreciated.

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by:Delphineous Silverwing
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Local Administrator does not exist on Domain Controllers.  The domain accounts replace it.
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Actually, the account still exists, but it can only be used when the DC is booted in Directory Services Restore Mode.
The password you need is the one you entered when you ran dcpromo on this machine.
If you can't remember it, but can still run the DC as such, you can change this password as described here:
How To Reset the Directory Services Restore Mode Administrator Account Password in Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322672
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So once I reset the DSRM password I should be able to reboot the server 2003 machine and then go throught he repair proccess and login in with the new amchine password, is that correct?
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by:manelson05
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Okay that worked I got into the Repair console with the newly reset password.
What is the most effective cmd to issue to repair the Server 2003 file system?

My reason for doing this was the .dll Register global file was damaged and I was unable to uninstall programs.

Please advise, thank you kindly.
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by:manelson05
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Excellent, I have since shared with a few freinds who are admins, great stuff!
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by:qualchoice-it
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boot into the server2003 disk and run a repair, if you know the exact location of the .dll that was damaged you can just get into the repair console copy and replace the corrupt one
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