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Reset the Local Adminiistrator Password

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I have a windows 2003 server that was taken out of the domain (it was a member server). No one knows the local administrator password. Does anyone know how to reset this WITHOUT reinstalling the OS?
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BTW, we cannot login to Windows at all.
Sr. Engineer - Windows Server/Virtualization
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Justin DurrantSr. Engineer - Windows Server/Virtualization
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http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/ is the one from that link that I have used

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Sorry it has taken so long to get back with this...

I have the CD that you are referring to and it did not work for whatever reason. I downloaded yours and hoped that the one i had was an old version... It did not work either. Every time I would get to the 2nd step where it asks where the registry files are located, I took the defaults since that is where they are, and it would not recognize the files. i even tried to type in the path and that did not work either.

WHAT DID WORK... We use a managed system's tool called ProSys and we had loaded that on the server a few days prior. One of the tools that it has in it is the ability to open a command (DOS) window on the machine and you can do command line "stuff" - That is if the server is reachable via the internet. the program will login with the System account and so it has high level access. I simply used the "NET USER"

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-Continued from the previous broken post-

command and it allowed me to change the administrator password. (For those searching in the future, the command is "net user username new_password"

Thanks your the help here!

Tim

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Even though I could not use this solution, JJDurrant was correct in his posting and this should have worked under normal circumstances... I just happen to have (had) a "different" server.