SAM and SYSTEM hive

Posted on 2011-09-08
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
With local  ladmin rights - can the admin copy the SAM and SYSTEM registry hives from a windows server? If not how can copies be obtained?
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Joseph Daly earned 200 total points
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I believe these files are not able to be copied while windows is running. I think you can access these files with a bootable linux CD or you may also be able to copy them using a tool like NT Offline.

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I wondered if ntbackup would work

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by:Ashok Dewan
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you can copy only registry hives but not sam file. Download any mini windows live cd or any linux live cd.
1. Ubuntu
2. knoppix
these are bootable live cd's
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by:Ashok Dewan
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sorry you also cannot copy registry hives.
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by:Joseph Daly
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Another option you can try is this.

1. Create a restore point.
2. Open C:\System Volume Information\_restore{0145FC50-D40A-42A0-A56A-275EF2B2493B} folder and locate the latest restore folder starting with RP**.
3. In RP** folder, open snapshot folder. Where u can find all 5 OS hives restored.

Original posting here.
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nobus earned 150 total points
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or hook the drive to a working pc to copy the files

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Its a live (v important server) so powering it down is out the equation or taking drives out.

I am suprised you cant just ntbackup the config folder :( then access them from a restored backup

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