Solved

Foolish mistake...looking for the magic solution...

Posted on 2011-03-21
6
216 Views
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
We have a server running MS Server 2003 std for sole use as a portal server with Remote Desktop.  For an unknown reason, the server was not reachable through remote desktop, either internally or externally.  

We had luck with a similar situation once before by removing the server from the network domain, logging in as a local account, then areattaching.  However, this system does not appear to have the same password(s) as the previous system.

Anyway to login?  Safe mode, using the install disk, etc?  Obviously I could attach drive as a secondary HD in another system to recover data, but I'd really rather not have to go through that if it is avoidable.
0
Comment
Question by:J4sstrom
6 Comments
 
LVL 35

Expert Comment

by:Ernie Beek
ID: 35183712
You could try ubcd: http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/ there is an option there to recover/reset local passwords.
0
 
LVL 35

Expert Comment

by:Ernie Beek
ID: 35183727
just remembered, there's also ebcd: http://www.prime-expert.com/ebcd/
0
 
LVL 6

Accepted Solution

by:
jkratzer earned 500 total points
ID: 35183728
There are many disks out there that will let you reset the local admin password.
This is the one I have used since the Win NT 4.x days through Win 2008 server. (Have not tested on a 2008 R2 yet)    http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/

You just boot to this disk and it will allow you to reset the local admin password.  Be aware this is a *nix boot disk.

Just follow the prompts after booting from this CD.
0
IT, Stop Being Called Into Every Meeting

Highfive is so simple that setting up every meeting room takes just minutes and every employee will be able to start or join a call from any room with ease. Never be called into a meeting just to get it started again. This is how video conferencing should work!

 
LVL 74

Expert Comment

by:Glen Knight
ID: 35183736
I would suggest following this guide here: http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_administrator_password.htm

It's worked for hundreds if others.
0
 
LVL 1

Expert Comment

by:Sindread
ID: 35183748
There are several ways to do this.

You can use a linux live cd boot disk. As outlined here:
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/3-ways-to-reset-the-forgotten-windows-administrator-password/
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:J4sstrom
ID: 35206228
While I don't doubt that all the responses would have gotten me to the same place, this one was easier to navigate than the others.
0

Featured Post

PRTG Network Monitor: Intuitive Network Monitoring

Network Monitoring is essential to ensure that computer systems and network devices are running. Use PRTG to monitor LANs, servers, websites, applications and devices, bandwidth, virtual environments, remote systems, IoT, and many more. PRTG is easy to set up & use.

Join & Write a Comment

Learn about cloud computing and its benefits for small business owners.
If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.   Tips on how to secure IoT devices, even the dumbest ones, so they can't be used as part of a DDoS botnet.  Use PRTG Network Monitor as one of the building blocks, to detect unusual…
After creating this article (http://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/23699/Setup-Mikrotik-routers-with-OSPF.html), I decided to make a video (no audio) to show you how to configure the routers and run some trace routes and pings between the 7 sites…
In this tutorial you'll learn about bandwidth monitoring with flows and packet sniffing with our network monitoring solution PRTG Network Monitor (https://www.paessler.com/prtg). If you're interested in additional methods for monitoring bandwidt…

746 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

14 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now