I am locked out of server 2003

Last week my Dell server with 2003 OS locked me out as administrator from the console and remote desktop. It started after I ran a virus scan on the C drive and it wanted me to reboot to finish the scan. I rebooted and it came up like normal but now I cannot log in as administrator. I don’t have a other user account to get in with. Is there any other way to get in and rest the password, I tried a program called HawkPE but it did not work.  It told me that it blanked the password out but when it goes to write to the file it say it failed. I tried to call Microsoft’s tech support but they want $515.00 for after hour support help. Please help it you can.
Peterwolf4422Asked:
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arnoldCommented:
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AustinComputerLabsCommented:
The following answer to "Restricted Groups in 2008 Server - Locked Domain Admins out through Group Policy" may work for you as well.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Unix/Q_26938899.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+10+2008+30+admin+domain+group+lock+out+polici+restrict+server+through
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Peterwolf4422Author Commented:
It is a standalone server, it is running a Raid 5 with 3 drives and a hot spare. If I had to reinstall the OS can you format the C: portion across a Raid 5 without hurting the D: portion?
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remixedcatCommented:
did you try my methods above? this would by-pass the need to rein-install.
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Peterwolf4422Author Commented:
No not yet I am not at work, but I am reading up on it now. Have you ever used it to unlock a 2003 server?
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remixedcatCommented:
I have used it to unlock xp and server 2003 and xp share a lot of code so it should hopefully work. I hope it does! ;-)
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lakeofafricaCommented:
I have used pnordahl a number of times to get access to old client machines who have forgotten their admin password. Very handy tool, just download the iso and create a bootable disc restart the server and boot to CD, then using the CLI you can navigate to the admin password and blank it. make sure to take a acronis backup or ghost image prior as I have also seen it corrupt the login profille, but I have only seen it happen once.

http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/
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FireW0lfCommented:
Try lakeofafrica's solution - I always have a copy of ntpasswd in my "Toolkit" just in case

You boot to a linux command prompt, but you dont need to know any linux - you just follow a script file answering questions (basically, "next", "next", "next", then select to blank to admin password)

Once you've done that, it will reboot (remember to take your linux CD out of the drive), and because linux has shoe-horned its way into the ntfs file system, Windows will need to do it's 3 stage check (it does it automatically)

Once the check has completed, you're back into the Windows login prompt - just enter a blank password - and of course as soon as you're in Windows, add a password back in
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remixedcatCommented:
split with
#35360462 (remixedcat-->me)
#35364167 (lakeofafrica)
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