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We have a client that has changed and forgotten his administrator password to SBS 2003 is it possible to reset this with out doing  a re install or deleting the active directory or losing data?

We can back up via clients with different permissions. But can it siply be reset somehow?

Many Thanks
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by:Paka
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Try this link:
http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_administrator_password.htm

Personally I use ERD Commander but it's pretty expensive.
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by:Philip Elder
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If you can back up to the night before the password was reset, then do a system state or full restore.

ERD 5 will work on SBS 2003 and is available via the Microsoft Download site. ERD does not work on later versions of the Windows OS though.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=5d600369-0554-4595-8ab4-c34b2860e087&displaylang=en

Philip
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by:Jason Watkins
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Hi,

Are there any other administrative accounts in the domain?
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by:Dexterstevens
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NO Just the main Administrator
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Here's a link on how do reset the password for free; this requires local access to the DC and some free downloads.
http://www.petri.co.il/reset_domain_admin_password_in_windows_server_2003_ad.htm
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by:Paka
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I've been swampped to so I haven't had time to play with the script.  What does your csv look like?  Is it just a list of machine names like (or are there other characters in it):

machine1
machine2
machine3

If you can post a partial of your csv it would help.
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Thanks very much for your help with many suggestions ;-)
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