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Windows Server 2008R2 Domain Admin Password lost and cannot reset it.

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Admin password has been lost.
Have used a program called Windows Password Recovery Tool which does actually reset the "Administrator" password in the AD.  This works fine on a server with Administrator as the Admin account but not on 2008R2 which by default disables the Administrator account.

The Util does not work with any other user other than Administrator.

I have looked through EE for a fix but all options point to DSRM and I cannot get the DSRM to show up by pressing F8.  When I get a boot menu I only get Safemodes or Normal as an option.

Utlimately the production AD Server is SBS2008R2 and I am just testing the theory before looking at the SBS2008R2 installation.
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by:Darius Ghassem
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The Windows 2008 Server must be a Domain Controller to be able to run DSRM.

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Check http://www.petri.co.il/reset_domain_admin_password_in_windows_server_2008_ad.htm 
Change the  administrator reg name in what you are using for administrator.
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I cannot get DSRM to show up as an option as in the article for 2003?

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It is a Domain controller on my test VM.
The eventual target server is SBS 2008R2 - will that have an DSRM option with F8?
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Ignore that comment on DSRM keyboard function keys were messing around on VM.
In there now and going through with it as per link.
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All sorted on the test VM and working ok.
I will on to the production server/domain with the problem tomorrow.
Will close and awards points when all done there.

Thanks for the input.
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Good just let me know if you have any problems
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Password reset and all working fine.
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