Gaining Access to Administrator Password

Posted on 2011-04-22
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I am about to be taking over 5 networks. I am not sure if the Execs know the Admin passwords for their domain. Any ideas on how I can do a takeover without the help of the network admin?
Servers range from 2000, SBS, 2003, 2008 LINUX
Question by:mmaris
    LVL 4

    Assisted Solution

    if you have a user with admin privledges already logged in, use that session to create yoruself a user with admin access. Otherwise you will have to try to hack it..
    LVL 25

    Assisted Solution

    by:Ron M
    On windows...If you do not have the domain administrator account password, you are completely hosed administratively...unless you have another domain account that has administrative permissions to reset it.

    Linux...not sure about that one, i would guess it depends on the linux flavor we're talking about.
    LVL 9

    Expert Comment

    I appologize and will not make that mistake again.
    LVL 17

    Accepted Solution

    You can comb the DC security logs to determine where the admin user account is being used for services/scheduled tasks.  The DCs will record the IP address of the calling system, so you can check the services and scheduled tasks on those systems to find out what process is attemping to use those credentials.

    Otherwise, if you are a domain admin, you can just reset the password and write it down and give it to the business owners for future use.  This account should not be used for any reason as all users should have their own username/password, and all service accounts should have their own account as well.

    If the networks are small enough (a small number of servers) you should be able to check each server individually and then reset it.  If they don't know it, and you don't have admin access, you'll have to get creative...but it can be done.
    LVL 67

    Expert Comment

    This question has been classified as abandoned and is closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See the recommendation for more details.

    Write Comment

    Please enter a first name

    Please enter a last name

    We will never share this with anyone.

    Featured Post

    How your wiki can always stay up-to-date

    Quip doubles as a “living” wiki and a project management tool that evolves with your organization. As you finish projects in Quip, the work remains, easily accessible to all team members, new and old.
    - Increase transparency
    - Onboard new hires faster
    - Access from mobile/offline

    Container Orchestration platforms empower organizations to scale their apps at an exceptional rate. This is the reason numerous innovation-driven companies are moving apps to an appropriated datacenter wide platform that empowers them to scale at a …
    Ransomware continues to be a growing problem for both personal and business users alike and Antivirus companies are still struggling to find a reliable way to protect you from this dangerous threat.
    This video gives you a great overview about bandwidth monitoring with SNMP and WMI with our network monitoring solution PRTG Network Monitor ( If you're looking for how to monitor bandwidth using netflow or packet s…
    In this tutorial you'll learn about bandwidth monitoring with flows and packet sniffing with our network monitoring solution PRTG Network Monitor ( If you're interested in additional methods for monitoring bandwidt…

    761 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

    7 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now