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reset Windows 2003 Small Business Server admin password

Posted on 2010-11-19
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I have had a virus infection on a Windows 2003 Small business server.

I can reboot to AD restore mode and have shifted all the virus my AV scans will find. I have pratted about a bit and even tried a restore but for some reason the Backup Exec program will not catalogue a tape.

I have googled and used the instsrv and srvany solution but for some reason this is not working either. It runs a service that resets the admin password to a predefined one. ( yes I waited a few mins for all services to start )

I really do not want to have to do a system rebuild and wondered if any one has any further ideas. I see there is a piece of software by a company called Elcom that claims to be able to do it.

Please help if you can.

cheers
Chris
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by:getzjd
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Is this a domain controller?  You have no domain accounts to login with?
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by:getzjd
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Try this out  http://www.petri.co.il/reset_domain_admin_password_in_windows_server_2003_ad.htm   I had used a few of these before in the past
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by:IntegrityOffice
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These are both effectivly the same and the two methods I have tried. Was hoping for something different really maybe some sort of vb script or something.
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by:abt-it
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When booting to ad restore modus, you can not use the ad user because ad is not running at this system stage. You must use the DSRM administrator Account and password you defined at the installation.

Have you tried to use the "last known good boot" at startup ?
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by:HRL
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Try this site to reset the admin password.

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/change-your-forgotten-windows-password-with-the-linux-system-rescue-cd/

Afterwards run a couple of virus programs such as avg, kapersky or panda.
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by:Shedding
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There is a disk on TBP called [Admin Edit - VM]  Not sure if it is legal (It seems like it has all legal applications).  This will do it.
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Than,ks guys but not sure if any of your ideas would have worked as the srvany was not working.so after many hours of messing about at evenings i did the following.

i reset sam account password with tool from elcomsoft as the tool on [Admin Edit - VM] would not see the windows installation, I reboooted and went to recovery console, restored the registry from prior to the infection, then booted in to dsrm ran a backup, reset the useracccounts for backup exec and did a system state restore, logged in , just wish i had done this a week ago instead of tryign to clean virus etc, thanks for all your ideas.
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