Server 2003 admin account locked

Tim Ordway
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The administrator account is disabled and the admin account is locked on the DC.  A new admin account was created for security reasons.  Is there a way around this?  The DC is also the SQL server also.  In a bind on this.

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This may help you to recover the account. Procedure is for change password but can try enable account instead: http://www.petri.co.il/reset_domain_admin_password_in_windows_2000_ad.htm
Every installation of Active Directory has an account named Administrator in each domain. This account cannot be deleted or locked out. In Windows Server 2003, the Administrator account can be disabled, but it is automatically re-enabled when you start the computer in Safe Mode.

also, if you would like to reset you domain account password you can download Windows Password Key enterprise This program is aim to reset windows server domain password due to password expired or losing the password
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When in safe mode is AD accessable to unlock accounts?
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Try the solution I posted here:
Administrator account disabled. New account created with unknown password
http:Q_21939714.html#a17228564
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Won't accounts unlock after a certain time period?
Did you try to clear the "Account is disabled" options as per Microsoft article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/814777 ?
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taordw01,
whether and when the account will unlock again depends only on your password policy (and the reason why it locked in the first place).

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