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Identify SID without 3rd party apps

Posted on 2010-11-17
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
Is there a way to identify the machine SID using ONLY built in Windows XP SP3 features? Do not want to use Sys Internals or anything like that.
Question by:goodman1210
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Expert Comment

ID: 34155728
2. EDIT, FIND, Search For value "sidstring"


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ID: 34155864
Key not found......
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johnb6767 earned 250 total points
ID: 34156409
reg query "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SECURITY\SAM\Domains\Account "

Youll notice it isnt visible in Regedit, and the above command will return "Access Denied"......

The V value is the SID, but it is in Binary Format. You would have to have a CMD prompt started as the SYSTEM account, or Regedit launched as the SYSTEM account to be able to get it, and then would have to translate it....

PSGetSid is a much easier alternative......

Author Comment

ID: 34259143
I believe johnb's answer is the best one possible even though as he says it's extremely difficult/impractical to get the SID without something like psgetsid.
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ID: 34264139
Yea, theres a good reason these utilities make life so easy for us....  :-)

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